Céline Gélinas

Céline Gélinas, B.Sc.(N), M.Sc.(N), Ph.D

Researcher, Centre for Nursing Research, Jewish General Hospital.

Project Director, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Jewish General Hospital.

Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University.

Evaluation and Nursing Interventions in Critical Care

Dr. Céline Gélinas is a nurse scientist and joined the staff of the Centre for Nursing Research in 2007. Dr. Gélinas is also a researcher at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She completed a Master’s Degree in Nursing (2000) and a Doctorate in Nursing and Measurement (2004) at Université Laval in Quebec City, and a Post-Doctoral Training (2006) in Nursing at McGill University. Dr. Gélinas is the leader of a research team on the evaluation of interventions at the Groupe de recherche interuniversitaire en sciences infirmières de Montréal (GRISIM) and an Associate Researcher at the Research Centre of Hôpital Charles LeMoyne. She has been an educator in health assessment and pain in the continuing education program of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) since 2003. Her past experience as a nurse in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) has inspired her to develop research in critical care and pain. She has developed and validated pain assessment tools (e.g. Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool, Faces Pain Thermometer) which are being used for clinical or research purposes in the province and North America. Dr. Gélinas has published research articles and book chapters in critical care, and has made many presentations locally, nationally (e.g. Canadian Pain Society, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses) and internationally (e.g. World Pain Congress of the International Association for the Study of Pain). She was awarded the “Prix Florence – Relève” of the OIIQ in 2004.

Dr. Gélinas' research interests include critical care nursing, pain assessment and management, and measurement.


Research Projects

Gélinas, C. in collaboration with Jessica Emed. OPTimize Opioid MONITORING for adults in acute care hospital settings (OPT-O-Monitoring project). JGH Collaborative, Jewish General Hospital. (2017-2019).


C., Richebe, P., Choinière, M., Aita, M., Boitor, M., Bourgault, P., Ferland,

C., Laporta, D. Exploring the validity of an innovative technology for

the measurement of pain in the adult intensive care unit. Louise and Alan

Edwards Foundation. (2016 – 2018).

Gélinas, C.,

Laporta, D., Bernard, F., Bérubé, M., Boitor, M., Burry, L., Charbonney, E.,

Chiocchio, F., Choinière, M., De Marchie, M., Dubé, J. N., Houle, J.,

Lavoie-Tremblay, M., Perreault, M., Purden, M., Raboy-Thaw, J., Rose, L.,

Scales, D., Thiffault, N., Tousignant-Laflamme, Y., Wilcox, E., Williamson, D.

and collaborators from Canada (patient survivor), USA (Puntillo, K., and Ely,

W.), and France (Chanques, G., and Payen, J. F.). Managing Pain In Collaboration in the Intensive Care Unit (MPIC-ICU): A

Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomized Trial. (2016 – 2019).

Morin, S.,

Daoust, R., Gélinas, C., Gosselin,

C., Lussier, D., Mayo, N., Morais, J., Richer, M.C. Vers des Urgences

Accueillantes pour les Aînés: Agir Ensemble pour une Meilleure Gestion de la

Douleur. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)- Partnerships for Health System

Improvement (PHSI) and Quebec Blue Cross. (2015 - 2018).

Gélinas, C., Feeley, N. & Cossette, S. Quebec Nursing Intervention Network

- Réseau de recherche interuniversitaire en sciences infirmières de Montréal

(RRISIQ). Fonds de recherche du Québec - santé (FRQ – S) –

Infrastructure Grant. (2014 – 2018).

Selected Publications and Articles :

Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Martorella, G., Feeley, N., Côté, J., Laflamme, G.-Y., Rouleau, D., Choinière, M. (Accepted). Development and acceptability assessment of a self-management intervention to prevent acute to chronic pain transition after major lower extremity trauma. Pain Management Nursing.

Boitor, M., Martorella, G., Maheu, C., Laizner, A. M., & Gélinas, C. (In press). Effects of Massage in Reducing the Pain and Anxiety of the Cardiac Surgery Critically Ill-a Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Medicine.

Daoust, R., Paquet, J., Moore, L., Gosselin, S., Gélinas, C., Rouleau, D. M., Bérubé, M., & Morris, J. (2017 epub ahead of print). Incidence and risk factors of long-term opioid use in elderly trauma patients. Annals of Surgery. Available online August 1st, 2017.

Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Feeley, N., Martorella, G., Côté, J., Laflamme, G.-Y., Rouleau, D., Choinière, M. (2018). Feasibility and acceptability of a hybrid web-based and in-person self-management intervention aimed at preventing acute to chronic pain transition after major lower extremity trauma (iPACT-E-Trauma). Journal of Medical Internet Researchm, 2(1), e10323.

Gélinas, C., Bérubé, M., Chevrier, A., Pun, B. T., Ely, E. W., Skrobik, Y., & Barr, J. (2018). Delirium assessment tools for use in critically ill adults: A psychometric analysis and systematic review. Critical Care Nurse, 38(1), 38-49.

Gélinas, C., Puntillo, K. A., Boitor, M., Bérubé, M., Topolovec-Vranic, J., Ramelet, A. S., Joffe, A. M., Richard-Lalonde, M., Bernard, F., & Streiner, D. L. (2018). Content validation of behaviors and autonomic responses for the assessment of pain in critically ill adults with a brain injury. Australian Critical Care, 31(3), 145-151.

Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Choinière, M., Feeley, N., Martorella, G., Parent, S., & Streiner, D. L. (2017). The effects of psychological interventions on the prevention of chronic pain in adults: A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews, 6, 190. Open access (8 pages).

Martorella, G, Boitor, M., Bérubé, M., Fredericks, S., Le May, S., & Gélinas, C. (2017). Tailored Web-Based Interventions for Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(11), e385. Open access (17 pages).

Gélinas, C., Boitor, M., Ranger, M., Johnston, C. C., De Marchie, M., Cervero, F., & Choinière, M. (2017). Is Near Infrared Spectroscopy valid for the detection of procedural pain in postoperative cardiac surgery intensive care unit adults ? Journal of Near Infrared Spectroscopy, 35(6), 391-399.

Wang, P. P., Huang, E., Feng, X., Bray, C. A., Perreault, M., Rico, P., Bellemare, P., Murgoi, P., Gélinas, C., Jayaraman, D., Lecavalier, A., Frenette, A. J., & Williamson, D. (2017). Opioid-Associated Iatrogenic Withdrawal Syndrome in Critically Ill Adult Patients: A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study. Annals of Intensive Care, 7:88.

Bérubé, M., Gélinas, C., Martorella, G., Côté, J., Feeley, N., Laflamme, G. Y., Rouleau, D., & Choinière, M. (2017). A hybrid web-based and in-person self-management intervention to prevent acute to chronic pain transition post major lower extremity trauma (iPACT-E-Trauma): study protocol for a pilot randomized control trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 6(6), e125.

Boitor, M., Gélinas, C., Richard-Lalonde, M., & Thombs, B. (2017). The Effect of Massage on Acute Postoperative Pain in Critically and Acutely Ill Adults Post-Thoracic Surgery: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Heart & Lung, 46(5), 339-346.

Vanderbyl, B., & Gélinas, C. (2017). Family Perspectives of Traumatically Brain Injured Patient Pain Behaviors in the Intensive Care Unit. Pain Management Nursing, 18(4), 202-213.

Choi, J.Y., Campbell, M. L., Gélinas, C., Happ, M. B., Tate, J., & Chlan. L. (2017). Symptom assessment in non-vocal or cognitively impaired ICU patients: Implications for practice and future research. Heart & Lung, 46(4), 239-245.

Chenier, C., Raîche, G., Talbot, N., Carignan, B., & Gélinas, C. (2017). Rash analysis of a behavioral checklist for the assessment of pain in critically ill adults. Journal of Applied Measurement, 18(1), 28-42.

Gélinas, C., Puntillo, K. A., Levin, P., & Azoulay, E. (2017). The Behavior Pain Assessment Tool for critically ill adults: A validation study in 28 countries. PAIN, 158(5), 811-821.

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