Associate Professor

Liisa Jaakkimainen



Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave , A103, Toronto, Ontario Canada M4N 3M5
Research Interests
Alzheimer's/Dementia, Frail Older Adults, Cancer Care, Family Caregivers, Chronic Diseases, Health Informatics, Health Service Delivery, Multimorbidity, Electronic Medical Records, Administrative Databases, Systematic Reviews, Survey Methods, Quantitative Data Analysis,
Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Liisa Jaakkimainen is a family physician at the Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team. She a senior core scientist and program lead of the Primary Care and Health Systems program at ICES and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Dr. Jaakkimainen is also the Enhanced Skills Clinician Scholar (Research) Program Director with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Research Synopsis

Dr. Jaakkimainen’s research interests include examining primary health care access, continuity of care, primary health care indicators and benchmarks, measuring wait times from primary to specialist care, improving the coordination of care in primary care, caring for marginalized and frail seniors in the community, and performance feedback to primary care providers. In 2006, Dr. Jaakkimainen co-lead the "Primary Care in Ontario: An ICES Atlas". In 2014, Dr. Jaakkimainen published a study using family physician electronic medical records linked to Ontario health administrative data to measure the time between a family physician’s referral and the appointment with a specialist physician.

Recent Publications

Jaakkimainen RL, Bronskill SE, Tierney MC, Herrmann N, Green D, Young J, Ivers N, Butt D, WiddifieldJ, Tu K. Identification of physician-diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in population-based administrative data: a validation study using family physicians’ electronic medical records. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 2016;54:337-349. doi: 10.3233/JAD-160105. PMID: 27567819

Jaakkimainen RL, Glazier R, Barnsley J, Salkeld E, Lu H, Tu K. Waiting to see the specialist. Patient and provider characteristics of wait times from Primary to Specialty Care. BMC Family Pract 2014;15:16.PMID 24460619

Jaakkimainen RL, Schultz SE, Tu K. Effects of implementing electronic medical records on primary care billings and payments: a before-after study. CMAJ Open 2013;1(3):E120-6. eCollection 2013 Oct 17. PMID 25077111

Jaakkimainen L, Upshur REG, Maaten S, Schultz SE (co-editors). Primary Care in Ontario: ICES Atlas. Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto 2006.

Honours and Awards


North American Primary Care Research Group, PEARL Award, April 2017

Department of Family and Community Medicine - University of Toronto, Award of Excellence in Research (Senior), 2018

Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)-PSI Visiting Scholar, 2019-2020


Agency: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant
Project Title: Measuring wait times along the pathways of care in primary care
Funding Awarded: $448,802.
Funding Period: 07/2013-03/2019.
Principal Investigator: RL Jaakkimainen
Co-Investigators: J Barnsley, S Bronskill, DA Butt, LM Del Giudice, J Durbin, RH Glazier, NM Ivers, K Tu, RE Upshur.
Knowledge Users: E Keller, CA Leaver, JD Tepper.

Project Title: Replication of the CNODES High Potency Statin in the development of incident DM and Chronic Renal Disease study
Funding Awarded: $150,000
Funding Period: 03/2016-06/2019
Principal Investigator: L Jaakkimainen
Co-Investigators: M. Griever, F Sullivan, D Henry

Agency: Public Health Agency of Canada
Project Title: Validating Administrative Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia team
Funding Awarded: $300,000
Funding Period: 11/2017-03/2020
Principal Investigator: L Jaakkimainen, L. Lix
Co-Investigators: D. Butt, A. Katz, K. Reimer, M. Smith, J. Widdifield

Agency: Cancer Care Ontario -Clinical Programs & Quality Project
Title: Identifying breast cancer pathways of care from family physicians electronic medical records
Funding Awarded: $100,000
Funding Period: 04/2018-03/2019
Principal Investigator: L Jaakkimainen
Co-Investigators: L DelGiudice, K Tu