Katherine Berg, PhD PT

Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7

Email:  katherine.berg@utoronto.ca
Fax:        416-946-8561


Dr. Berg is an Associate Professor of the Department of Physical Therapy. She is a fellow with interRAI, an international team of academics, clinicians and other professionals committed to developing and using standardized assessments to improve the quality of care. She is a member of the interRAI Instrument and System Development (ISD) Committee and leads the post-acute care working group of the International Centre of Excellence in Acute Care (INEAC).

Dr. Berg’s clinical care of expertise is in geriatrics. Her thesis work involved the development and validation of a Balance Scale widely used in rehabilitation and geriatrics. Her research interests include disability and fall prevention as well as health services research examining quality of care and outcomes.

Dr. Berg is currently the site PI for the University of Toronto for a CIHR Grant comparing Tai Chi delivery in person to tele-practice Tai Chi training as regards balance improvement post stroke.  This is a multi-centre RCT with Principal Investigators H. Corriveau and M. Tousignant based at the University of Sherbrooke.


Tousignant M, Corriveau H, Kairy D, Berg K, Dubois MF, Gosselin S, Swartz RH, Boulanger JM, Danells C. Tai Chi-based exercise program provided via telerehabilitation compared to home visits in a post-stroke population who have returned home without intensive rehabilitation: study protocol for a randomized, non-inferiority clinical trial. Trials. 2014 Jan 30;15:42.

Cook RJ, Berg K, Lee KA, Poss JW, Hirdes JP, Stolee P. Rehabilitation in Home Care is Associated with Functional Improvement and Preferred Discharge. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2013 Jun;94(6):1038-1047.

Morris JN, Berg K, Fries BE, Steel K, Howard EP. Scaling functional status within the interRAI suite of assessment instruments. BMC Geriatrics. 2013 Nov 21;13(1):128. 

Canestraro A, Stack M, Strong K, Wright A, Beauchamp M, Berg K, Brooks D. Oncology Rehabilitation Provision and Practice Patters across Canada. Physiotherapy Canada. 2013 Jan;65(1):94-102.

Santi S, Hinton S, Berg K, Stolee P. Bridging the Information Divide: Health Information Sharing in Home Care. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 2013;45(1):16-35(20).

Mohammed R, Poss J, Egan M, Rappolt S, Berg K. Decision Makers’ Allocation of Home-Care Therapy Services: A Process Map. Physiotherapy Canada. 2012 Sep;65(2):125-132.

Glenny C, Stolee P, Thompson M, Husted J, Berg K. Underestimating physical function gains: comparing FIM motor subscale and interRAI post acute care activities of daily living scale. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012 Jun;93(6):1000-1008. Epub: 2012 April 10.

Guthrie DM, Fletcher PC, Berg K, Williams E, Boumans N, Hirdes JP. The role of medications in predicting activity restriction due to a fear of falling. Journal of Aging and Health. 2012 Mar;24(2):269-286.

Kergoat MJ, Latour J, Presse N, Lebel P, Béland F, Leclerc BS, Leduc N, Berg K, Bolduc A. Predictors of Quality-of-Care Processes in Geriatric Assessment Units: Toward a Better Organizational Framework. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2012;13(8):739-43. Epub 2012 Aug 20.

Falls Manual. (Canada): Canadian Patient Safety Institute; 2011. Patient Safety Education Project.

John P. Hirdes, Nancy Curtin-Telegdi, Jeff W. Poss, Len Gray, Katherine Berg, Paul Stolee, and Andrew P. Costa. interRAI Conact Assessment (CA) Form and User’s Manual: A Screening Level Assessment for Emergency Department and Intake from Community/Hospital. Version 9.2.1. Ann Arbor: interRAI; 2010.

Len Gray, Sergio Ariño-Blasco, Katherine Berg, Christophe Bula, Giovanni Gambassi, Geroge Heckman, Pálmi Jónsson, Marie-Jeanne Kergoat, Bruce Leff, Melinda Martin-Khan, Samir Sinha, Fredrik Sjöstrand. interRAI Clinical and Management Applications Manual for Use with the interRAI Acute Care Assessment Instrument: Scales, Screeners, Problems, Clinical Action Points, and Quality Indicators. Version 9.1. Ann Arbor (United States): interRAI; 2010.

K Berg, K McLaughlin, and R Thompson. "Exercise CAP". In: interRAI Mental Health (MH) Assessment Form and User’s Manual for In-patient Psychiatry.  Ann Arbor: interRAI, 2010. P. 155-162.

C Hawes, C Phillips, J Morris, K Berg, et al. “interRAI Assisted Living Supplement to CHA (CHA-AL) Assessment Form and User’s Manual”. In: interRAI Community Health (CHA) Assessment Form and User’s Manual.  Ann Arbor: interRAI, 2010. P.197-216.

Intrator O, Hiris J, Berg K, Miller SC, Mor V. The residential history file: studying nursing home residents' long-term care histories(*). Health Serv Res. 2011 Feb;46(1 Pt 1):120-37. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2010.01194.x. Epub 2010 Oct 28.PMID: 21029090.

Fletcher PC, Almeida Q, Guthrie DM, Berg K, Jantzi M, Hirdes JP. (2010). Assessing the health of community-based individuals with Parkinsonism. Senior Care Canada.  12(4): 10-15.

Latour J, Lebel P, Leclerc BS, Leduc N, Berg K, Bolduc A, Kergoat MJ. Short-term geriatric assessment units: 30 years later.BMCGeriatr. 2010; 10: 41. Published online 2010 June 22. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-10-41 [X]14.

Glenny C, Stolee P, Husted J, Thompson M, Berg K. Comparison of the responsiveness of the FIM and the interRAI post acute care assessment instrument in rehabilitation of older adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Jul;91(7): 1038-43. PMID: 20537315.

Jones R, Hirdes J, Poss J, Kelly M, Berg K, Fries B, Morris J. Adjustment of nursing home quality indicators.BMCHealth Services Research 2010, 10:96doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-96.  Published 15 April 2010. MS: 5072323482543256 PMID: 20398304

Armstrong J, Glenny C, Stolee P, Berg K. A comparison of two assessment systems in predicting fnctional outcomes of older rehabilitation patients. Age Ageing. 2010 May;39(3):394-9. Epub 2010 Mar 22. PMID20308190 (PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE)

Stolee P, Steeves B, Manderson B, Toscan J, Glenny C, Berg K.  Health Information Use in Home Care: Brainstorming Barriers, Facilitators, and Recommendations. Home Health Care Services Quarterly 2010 Jan;29(1):37-53.PMID20544460 (PubMed – in process)

Muir SW, Berg K, Chesworth B, Klar N, Speechley M. – Balance Impairment as a Risk Factor for Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults Who are High Functioning: A Prospective Study. Phys Ther. 2010 Mar. 90(3): 338-47, Epub 2010 Jan 7. PMID: 20056721.

Muir SW, Berg, K, Chesworth B, Klar N, Speechley M. Quantifying the magnitude of risk for balance impairment on falls in community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Epidemiol. 2010 Apr; 63(4):389-406. Epub 2009 Sep 9. Review PMID: 19744824.

Berg K, Finne-Soveri H, Gray L, Henrard JC, Hirdes J, Ikegami N, Ljunggren G, Morris JN, Paquay L, Resnik L, Teare G., Relationship between interRAI HC and the ICF: opportunity for operationalizing the ICF.BMCHealth Serv Res. 2009 Mar 17;9(1):47. PMID: 19292897.

  • Health services research in rehabilitation/ geriatrics/ paediatrics
  • Quality of care and Integrated health information
  • Disability prevention, balance and falls, and physical activity promotion

Coordinator and instructor of REH2001Y/REH3001Y: Rehabilitation Research – (seminars co-facilitated with Dr. Dina Brooks)