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Chairholder of the Research Chair in Telerehabilitation
Université de Sherbrooke
Full Professor
Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and Associate Dean of Rehabilitation Sciences
FRSQ Research Scholar - Junior II
School of Rehabilitation
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Université de Sherbrooke


Postdoctorate in the Economic Analysis of Rehabilitation Programs
Ph.D. Public Health (Epidemiology)
M.A. University Pedagogy of Health Sciences
B.Sc. Physiotherapy

Research Themes

Telerehabilitation Research

Professor Tousignant's research team is a global pioneer in home telerehabilitation. Since 2002, Prof. Tousignant has been working in close collaboration with Computer Engineering Department experts at the Université de Sherbrooke to develop and to implement telerehabilitation technology that is user-friendly for both patients and clinicians. His objective is to make rehabilitation services accessible to those who are unable to obtain them because of the shortage of home services or of an inability to go to clinics. While cutting-edge technologies do exist which enable direct patient-physician interactions respectively from home and clinic do exist, decision-makers in the health care system need strong evidence, including cost-benefit studies, to direct resources towards broadly implementing telerehabilitation.

Through his research and teaching, Prof. Tousignant works closely with workers in clinical settings to whom he transmits his findings. He is one of the lead co-researchers of a team at the CSSS-IUGS's Research Centre on Aging - the PRISMA team - which was awarded the prestigious CIHR Knowledge Translation Award in 2008. His findings have been published in internationally acclaimed scientific publications and magazines, which earned him an invitation to the renowned International Conference on Telehealth in Salamanca, Spain, in 2006.

Representative Achievements

  • A $2-million, 4-year grant as lead investigator for projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Research - Health Services Evaluation
  • Development of provincial and national collaborations for multi-site projects.
  • Important publications in the field:

   Tousignant, M., et al. (2011). Patients' Satisfaction with Healthcare Services and Perception with In-Home Telerehabilitation and Physiotherapists' Satisfaction with Technology for Post-Knee Arthroplasty: an Embedded Study in a Randomized Trial. Journal of Telemedicine & e-Health, 17(5), 376-82.

   Tousignant, M., et al. (2011). A Randomized Controlled Trial of Telerehabilitation for Post-Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 17(4), 195-8.

   Tousignant, M., et al. (2009). In-Home Telerehabilitation for Post-Knee Arthroplasty: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 1 (1), 9-16.


  • Specialist in Telerehabilitation
  • Expert in program evaluation research methodologies

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