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Michelle Butt


Dr. Michelle Butt initially joined McMaster University as a Senior Research Associate in the Nursing Effectiveness, Utilization and Outcomes Research Unit (1999-2001). Since 2005, she has been a full-time faculty member in the School of Nursing. Dr. Butt is also a graduate faculty member in the School and an associate member of the Department of Paediatrics.

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  • Sushko, K., Tschirhart Menezesm H., Strachan, P., Butt, M., & Sherifali, D. (2021). Self-management education among women with pre-existing diabetes in pregnancy: A scoping review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 117, 103883. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2021.103883. 
  • Valaitis, R., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Butt, M. L., Ganann, R., Murray, N., Bookey-Bassett, S., Kennedy, L., Yousif, C. (2020). An evaluation study of caregiver perceptions of the Ontario’s Health Links program. PLOS ONE, 15(2), e0229579.
  • Boyle, M.H., Georgiades, K., Duncan, L., Comeau, J., Wang, L. & the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study Team (including M. Butt) (2019).The 2014 Ontario Child Health Study – Methodology. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 64(4), 237-245. 
  • Georgiades, K., Duncan, L., Wang, L, Comeau, J., & Boyle, M. H. and the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study Team (including M. Butt) (2019). Six-month prevalence of mental disorders and service contacts among children and youth in Ontario: Evidence from the 2014 Ontario Child Health Study. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 64(4), 246-255. 
  • Lim, A., Butt, M. L., Elliott, L., & Paes, B. (2019). Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in children with medical complexity. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 38, 171-176. 
  • Butt, M.L., Elliott, L., & Paes, B. (2018). Respiratory syncytial virus hospitalization and incurred morbidities the season after prophylaxis. Paediatrics & Child Health, 23(7), 441-446.
  • Butt, M. L., McGrath, J. M., Samra, H. A., & Gupta, R. (2013). An integrative review of parent satisfaction with care provided in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 42(1), 105-120. 
  • LaRocca, R., Yost, J., Dobbins, M. Ciliska, D., & Butt, M. (2012). The effectiveness of knowledge translation strategies used in public health: a systematic review. BMC Public Health, 12, 751. doi.10.1186/1471-2458-12-751.
  • McGrath, J. M., Butt, M. L., & Samra, H. A. (2011). Supporting parents who lose a child of a multiple birth: A critical review of research in the neonatal intensive care unit. Newborn & Infant Nursing Reviews, 11(4), 203-214. 
  • Wong, S. E., Butt, M. L., Symington, A., Pinelli, J. (2011). Parental satisfaction with quality of care in neonatal follow-up programs. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 17(6), 222-232. 
  • Butt, M. L., Symington, A., Janes, M., Elliott, L., Steele, S., & Paes, B. A. (2011). The impact of prophylaxis on paediatric intensive care unit admissions for RSV infection: A retrospective, single-centre study. European Journal of Pediatrics, 170(7), 907-913. DOI 10.1007/s00431-010-1376-3.  
  • Butt, M. L., Pinelli, J., & Hunsberger, M. (2010). Parents’ perceptions of ambulatory neonatal follow-up programs. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 16 (3), 126-137. 
  • Butt, M. L., Pinelli, J., Boyle, M. H., Thomas, H., & Hunsberger, M., Saigal, S., Lee, D. S., Fanning, J. K. & Austin, P. (2009). Development and evaluation of an instrument to measure parental satisfaction with quality of care in neonatal follow-up. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 30(1), 57-65. 


  • Wright, A (Co-Principal Investigator), Butt, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Davis, A., Jacobs, B., & VanEvery, R. (Collaborators). Optimizing the Health of Indigenous Infants and Toddlers: Identification of Community Strengths, Needs and Priorities to Promote Early Childhood Development through Healthy, Gender Diverse Parenting; Indigenous Gender and Wellness Development Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Research, April 2020 – March 2021, $68,215
  • Premji, S. (Co-Principal Investigator), Lacaze, T. (Co-Principal Investigator), Butt, M., Clark, D., Foss, K., & Scotland, J. (Co-Is), Evidence-Informed Hospital Discharge Policies for Late Preterm Infants. Health Outcomes Improvement Fund, Maternal Newborn Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services, Research, April 2017 - March 2019, $50,000
  • Butt, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Ballantyne, M. (Co-Principal Investigator ), Giglia, L., Jack, S., McDonald, S., & Sword, W. (Co-Is). Addressing Primary Health Care Service Gaps for Late Preterm Infants and their Families. Planning Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, November 2013 – October 2014, $18,225.
  • Boyle, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Georgiades, K. (Co-Principal Investigator), Afifi, T., Avison, W., Bennett, K., Bennett, T., Boylan, K., Butt, M., Cairney, J., Cleverley, K., Colman, I., Cunningham, C., Davies, S., De Oliveira, C., Dirks, M., Duku, E., Dunn, J., Ferro, M., Georgiades, S., Gonzalez, A., Hall, G., Henderson, J., Janus, M., Jenkins, J., Lipman, E., MacMillan, H., Manion, I., McLennan, J., Petitclerc, A., Reid, G., Rhodes, A., Rosenbaum, P., Sassi, R., Schmidt, L., Shepherd, C., Soreni, N., Szatmari, P., Timmons, B., Van Lieshout, R., Waddell, C., & Wekerle, C. Ontario Child Health Study Sequel. Operating Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, April 2013 – March 2018, $5,312,446.          
  • Butt, M. (Principal Investigator), Ballantyne, M., Barrett, J., & Alliston, S. Transitioning from Hospital to Home: Understanding the Health Care Needs of Mothers of Late Preterm Infants. Niemeier Award, School of Nursing, McMaster University, June 2013 – May 2014, $3,165.
  • Butt, M. (Principal Investigator), Akhtar-Danesh, N., Pelausa, E., & Pinelli, J. Development and Evaluation of a French-Canadian Language Instrument to Measure Parental Satisfaction with Quality of Care in Neonatal Follow-up. McMaster University School of Nursing Pilot Project Grant, March 2007 - February 2009, $10,000.
  •  Pinelli, J. (Principal Investigator), Butt, M., Boyle, M., Thomas, H., Hunsberger, M. & Saigal, S. Health Care Services in Neonatal Follow-up: Development of an Instrument to Measure Parental Satisfaction with Quality of Care. Operating Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, October 2004 – September 2006, $94,784. 


Dr. Butt’s research focuses primarily on: (i) the effectiveness and quality of care provided to high-risk infants and their families; and (ii) developing and evaluating instruments to measure the quality of health care received by families.  Utilizing her quantitative research expertise, she frequently conducts research collaboratively with paediatric clinicians to inform practice, including studies that have examined the effectiveness of Palivizumab prophylaxis in preventing hospitalization and co-morbidities due to respiratory syncytial virus illness (RSV) in at-risk paediatric populations. Dr. Butt’s research interest in measurement led her to develop and psychometrically test the first reliable and valid instrument to measure parental satisfaction with quality of care in Neonatal Follow-up Programs (the PSQ-NFU). Currently, Dr. Butt is Co-Principal Investigator on a CIHR Planning Grant that is building on community strengths to support healthy, gender diverse parenting among Indigenous families and to optimize the health of their infants and toddlers.


Dr. Butt teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has a particular interest in the content areas of quantitative research methods, critical appraisal of research, evidence-informed decision-making, and statistics. Dr, Butt frequently teaches Nursing Concepts in Health & Illness I & II and Research Appraisal & Utilization in Evidence Informed Decision-Making in the undergraduate program. Dr. Butt is involved with graduate students as a supervisor and a thesis committee member.  

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