André Bussières

Academic title(s): 

Adjunct Professor

Contact Information

Building: Hosmer House 3630 prom Sir-William-Osler

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, QC, Canada H3G 1Y5

(514) 398-4400
(819) 699-9404
Email address: 
andre.bussieres [at]
Adjunct Professor

BSc (Nursing) Université de Montréal (1987); DC, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Toronto (1991); Fellowship in Clinical Sciences, Toronto (1993); MSc (Kinesiology) Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (2008); PhD (Population Health) University of Ottawa (2012).


Teaching areas: 

Knowledge synthesis (systematic reviews, scoping reviews); Research methodology; Knowledge translation/Implementation science

Current research: 

Research Interests:

Dr. Bussières' research focuses on clinical practice guidelines development, uptake and application to improve patient care and health outcome, knowledge synthesis, mixed-methods research, understanding determinants of professional behaviour change, and implementation of best practices in the educational and primary care settings.


Dr. Bussières is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, and a Full Professor in the Chiropractic Department at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) since 2002. He held a Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) Professorship in Rehabilitation Epidemiology (McGill University) while leading the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (2012-2018). He serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and BMC Health Service Research, and is an Editorial Board member of Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. He was in private practice between 1993 and 2007.


Professional activities: 


Adjunct Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Full Professor, Département Chiropratique, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)


Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science

Area of expertise: 

Musculoskeletal health

Selected publications: 
  1. Boychuck Z, Bussières A, Goldschleger J, Majnemer A et al. Use of consensus methods to determine the early clinical signs of cerebral palsy. Pediatrics (Accepted for publication Jan 2019)
  2. Dober-Dessureault I, Bronchti G, Bussières A. Diagnostic accuracy of clinical tests for thoracic outlet syndrome: A systematic review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther Nov-Dec 2018; 41(9): 789-799. 
  3. Boychuck Z, Andersen J, Bussières A, Fehlings D, Kirton A, Li P, Oskoui M, Rodriguez C, Shevell, M, Snider L, Majnemer A & the PROMPT group. International validation of clinical features to prompt referral for diagnosis of cerebral palsy: A Delphi study. Dev Med Child Neurol (In Press March 2019).
  4. Wideman TH, Miller J, Bostickc G, Thomas A, Bussières A, Wickens R.H. The current state of pain education within Canadian physiotherapy programs: a national survey of pain educators. Disabil Rehabil 2019 Jan 8:1-7. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2018.1519044
  5. Eilayyan O, Thomas A, Hallé; Ahmed S, Tibbles AC, Jacobs C, Mior S, Davis C, Evans R, Schneider MJ, Al Zoubi F, Barnsley J, Long C, Bussieres A. Promoting the use of self-management in novice chiropractors treating individuals with spine pain: The design of a theory-based knowledge translation intervention. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Sep 11;19(1):328. doi: 10.1186/s12891-018-2241-1.
  6. Boychuck Z, Bussières A, Goldschleger J, Majnemer A. Age at referral for diagnosis and rehabilitation services for cerebral palsy: a scoping review. Dev Med Child Neurol Oct 1.2018 doi: 10.1111/dmcn.14034.
  7. Légaré F, Lee-Gosselin H, Borduas F, Monette C, Bilodeau A, Tanguay D, Stacey D, Gagnon MP, Roch , Joyce Dogba M, Bussières A, Tremblay MC, Bélanger AP, Jose C, Desroches S, Robitaille H, Blair L, Rhugenda SM. Approaches to considering sex and gender in continuous professional development for health and social care professionals: An emerging paradigm. Medical Teacher 2018 July;40(6):1-5.
  8. Al Zoubi F, Mayo N Bussières A. The effectiveness of knowledge translation (KT) interventions to improve the uptake and application of clinical practice guidelines and best practices on musculoskeletal disorders among musculoskeletal professionals: Systematic review. BMC Health Serv Res 2018 Jun 8;18(1):435. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3253-0.
  9. Bussières A, Stewart G, Al Zoubi F, Decina P, Descarreaux M, Haskett D, Hincapié C, Pagé I, Passmore S, Srbely J, Stupar M, Weisberg J Ornelas J. Spinal Manipulative Therapy and other conservative treatments for Low Back Pain: A Guideline from the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2018 May;41(4):265-293. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2017.12.004
  10. Wideman T, Miller J, Thomas A Bussières A, Bostick, G. Advancing pain education in Canadian physiotherapy programs: Results of a consensus-generating workshop. Physiother Canada 2018; Physiother Can. Winter 2018; 70(1): 24–33. doi: 3138/ptc.2016-571-10.
  11. Al Zoubi F, Mayo N, Bussières A. Evaluation of cross-cultural adaptation and measurement properties of STarT Back Screening Tool: Systematic review. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2017;40(8):558-572.
  12. Stuber K, Kawchuk G, Bussières A. Research resource environment in Canada. Gathering knowledge in advance to inform chiropractic research priorities. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2017;61(3):178-183.
  13. Bussières A. Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) progress and future directions: December 2017. Commentary. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2017; 61(3):186-189.
  14. Beliveau P, Wong JJ, Sutton DA, Simon NB, Bussières AB, Mior SA, French SD. The chiropractic profession: a scoping review of utilization rates, reasons for seeking care, patient profiles, and care provided. Chiropr Man Therap. 25:35:1-17.
  15. Lemoyne G, Poulin C., Richer N, Bussières A. Analysing injuries among university-level athletes: Prevalence, patterns and risk factors. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2017; 61(2):88-95.
  16. Bussières AE, Gauthier CA, Fournier G, Descarreaux M. Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Low Back Pain – Time for an update. Tools for Practice. e-Letter. Can Fam Physician 24 May 2017 63(4)294.
  17. Sidenius Brockhusen S, Bussières A, French SD, Wulff Christensen H, Secher Jensen T. Managing patients with acute and chronic non-specific neck pain: Are Danish Chiropractors compliant with guidelines? Chiropr Man Therap 2017;25 (1),
  18. Liang L, Bernhardsson S, Vernooij R.W.M, Armstrong M.J, Bussières A, Brouwers M.C, Gagliardi, A.R, Alhabib, S, Willson. Use of theory to plan or evaluate guideline implementation among physicians: A scoping review. M. Implementation Sci 2017;12:26
  19. Dao J, Blais-Hébert R, Duranleau L, Durivage MP, Litowski J, Turbide J, Bussières A. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Facilitating the Use of Self-Management Strategies. Edorium J Disabil Rehabil 2017;3:46–55.
  20. Bussières A, Grondin D, Maiers M, Brockhusen S. Identifying and training opinion leaders in chiropractic. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2017;61(1):53-64.
  21. Bussières A, Stewart G, Al Zoubi F, Decina P, Descarreaux M, Hayden J, Hendrickson B, Hincapié C, Pagé I, Passmore S, Srbely J, Stupar M, Weisberg J Ornelas J. The Treatment of Neck Pain-Associated and Whiplash-Associated Disorders: Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative Clinical Practice Guidelines. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016;39(8):523-604.e27.
  22. Dhopte P, Ahmed S, Mayo N, French S, Quon J, Bussières A. Optimizing care for adults with neck pain in chiropractic practice: Study protocol for a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies.2016, 2:33. 
  23. Thomas A, Bussières A. Towards a Greater Understanding of Implementation Science in Health Professions Education. Acad Med 2016;91(12):e19.
  24. Thomas A, Bussieres A. Knowledge translation and implementation science in health professions education: Time for clarity? Acad Med 2016;91(12):e20.
  25. Blanchette MA, Stochkendahl MJ, Da Silva Borges R, Boruff J, Harrison P, Bussières A. Effectiveness and economic evaluation of chiropractic care for the treatment of low back pain: a systematic review. PLoS One. 2016;11(8):e0160037. 
  26. Bussières A, Al Zoubi F, Stuber K, French S, Boruff J, Thomas A. Research utilization and evidence-based practice in chiropractic: A scoping study. BMC Complement Altern Med; 2016;16(1):216.
  27. Terhorst L, Leach M, Bussières A, Schneider M. Evaluating the Psychometric Properties of the Evidence-Based Practice Attitude and Utilization Survey. J Altern Complement Med 2016;22(4):328-35.
  28. Bussières A, Terhorst L, Leach M, Stuber K, Evans R, Schneider M. Self-Reported attitudes, skills and use of evidence-based practice among Canadian doctors of chiropractic: a national survey. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2015; 59(4):332-48.
  29. Bussières AE, Al Zoubi F, Quon JA, Ahmed S, Thomas A, Stuber K, Sajko S, French S, and members of the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative. Fast tracking the design of theory-based KT interventions through a consensus process. Implementation Sci 2015;10:18.
  30. Blanchette MA, Bussières A, Stochkendahl JM, Boruff J, Harrison P. Effectiveness and efficiency of chiropractic care for the treatment of back pain: a systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews 2015;4:
  31. Bussières A. The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative: Progress to date. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2014; 58(3):215-19.
  32. Kawchuk G, Newton G, Srbely J, Passmore S, Bussières A, Busse JW, Bruno P. Knowledge Transfer within the Canadian Chiropractic Community. Part 2: Narrowing the Evidence-Practice Gap. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2014; 58(3):206-14.
  33. Bussières A, Côté P, French S, Godwin M, Gotlib A, Graham ID, Grondin D, Hawk C, LeboeufYde C, Mior S, Stuber S. Creating a Chiropractic Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN): Enhancing the management of musculoskeletal care. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2014; 58(1):8-15.
  34. Bussières A, Sales A, Ramsay T, Hilles S, Grimshaw J. Impact of imaging guidelines on x-ray utilization among American Provider Network chiropractors: Interrupted time series analysis. Spine J. 2014 Aug 1;14(8):1501-9
  35. Bussières A, Sales A, Ramsay T, Hilles S, Grimshaw J. Practice patterns and variations in spine xray ordering among chiropractors enlisted with a provider Networks offering complementary care in the United States. J Manipul Physiol Ther 2013; Mar-Apr;36(3):127-42.
  36. Kawchuk G, Bruno P, Bussières A, Ammendolia C, Srbely J, Passmore S, Erwin M, Buss J, Howarth S. Knowledge Transfer within the Canadian Chiropractic Community. Commentary. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2013; 57(2):111-15.
  37. Bussières AE, Patey A, Francis JJ, Sales A, Grimshaw JM. Identifying factors likely to influence compliance with diagnostic imaging guideline recommendations for spine disorders among chiropractors in North America: a focus group study using the Theoretical Domains Framework. Implementation Sci 2012 7:82.
  38. Taylor JAM, Bussières AE. Diagnostic imaging for spinal disorders in the elderly: A narrative review. Chiropractic & Manual Ther 2012;20(1):16.
  39. Bussières AE, Laurencelle L, Peterson C. Diagnostic imaging guidelines implementation study: A randomized trial with postal follow-ups. J Chiropractic Edu 2010; 24(1):3-19.
  40. Bussières A, Taylor J, Peterson C. Diagnostic Imaging Practice Guidelines for Musculoskeletal Complaints in Adults--An Evidence-based Approach: Part 3: Spinal Disorders.J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008; 31:33-88.
  41. Bussières A, Peterson C, Taylor J. Diagnostic Imaging Guideline for Adults. Part 2: Upper Extremity Disorders - An Evidence-based Approach. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2008; 31:2-32.
  42. Bussières A, Taylor J, Peterson C. Diagnostic Imaging Practice Guidelines for Musculoskeletal Complaints in Adults - An Evidence-based Approach: Part 1: Lower Extremity Disorders. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2007; 30(9):684-717.
  43. Bussières AE, Peterson C, Taylor JM. Diagnostic Imaging Practice Guidelines for Musculoskeletal Complaints - An Evidence-based Approach for Chiropractic Clinicians: Introduction. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2007; 30(9):617-683.