Keith Denny

Adjunct Research Professor and Director, Clinical Data Standards and Quality, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Degrees:Ph.D. (Toronto)

Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Sociology of diagnosis
  • Knowledge organization and classification systems
  • Sociology of quantification and performance measurement in health
  • Health and social inequalities
  • History of concepts and ‘vehicular ideas’ in health
  • Institutional discourses and health-related socialities and identities

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

Denny K., Hanmer L., Hargreaves J., Jakob R., Linton C., Macpherson B. Madden R., ten Nepel H. World Health Organization Family of International Classifications. Geneva: WHO, Forthcoming.

Allin S., Davidson MJ., Denny K., O’Toole D. “The role of performance data and information in driving and supporting health system innovation.” In The Canadian Agenda for Healthcare Innovation: Policy, Politics and Practice. Carson, A.S. & Nossal, K.R. eds. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Queen’s Policy Studies Series, Forthcoming.

Veillard J. Denny, K., Tipper, B. & Klazinga, N. “From performance measurement to performance management.” In Managing a Canadian Healthcare Strategy, Carson, A.S. & Nossal, K.R. eds.  Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Queen’s Policy Studies Series, 2016.

Henderson J. & Denny K. “The resilient child, human development, and the ‘postdemocracy.’” Biosocieties. 10(3): 352-78, 2015.

Denny K. & Veillard J. “Towards a model of stewardship and accountability in support of innovation and ‘good’ failure.” Healthcare Papers. 15(2): 38-43, 2015.

Veillard J. & Denny K. “Transformation through clinical and social integration: meeting the needs of high users of healthcare.” Healthcare Papers.  14(2): 4-8, 2014.

Choi BCK, Decou ML, Rasali D, Martens PJ, Mancuso M, Plotnikoff RC, Neudorf C, Thanos J, Svenson LW, Denny K, Orpana H, Stewart P, King M, Griffith J, Erickson T, van Dorp R, White D, Ali A. “Enhancing capacity for risk factor surveillance at the regional/local level: A follow-up review of the findings of the Canadian Think Tank Forum after 4 years.” Archives of Public Health 72(2):2-12, 2014.

Denny K. & Elgar F. “Mental Health Promotion: Population Perspectives.” Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 32(1): 1-7, 2013.

Denny K. “Taking the social determinants of health seriously: a health services perspective.” Healthcare Management Forum 25(3): 142-5, 2012.

Denny K. & Davidson M. “Area-based socioeconomic measures as tools for health disparities research, policy and planning.” Canadian Journal of Public Health 103(suppl 2): s4-6, 2012.

Denny K. & Brownell M. “A social determinants perspective on children’s health and development.” Canadian Journal of Public Health 101(suppl 3): s4-7, November/December 2010.

Denny K. & Votta E. “Health in urban places in Canada: a population perspective.” In Forgotten Families: Globalization and the Health of Canadians, (Transdisciplinary Studies in Population Health Series). Ottawa: Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa, 2010, pp. 73-97.

Kastanias P., Denny K., Robinson S. “What do surgical patients really want to know about pain and pain management?” Nursing Pain Management 10(1):22-31, 2009.

Denny K. Social Capital and Health: A Critical History of a Concept. Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag, 2008.

Coburn D., Denny K., Mykhalovskiy E., McDonough P.  & Robertson A. “Population Health in Canada: a brief critique.” American Journal of Public Health 93(3):392-6, 2003.

Denny K. “Evidence based medicine and medical authority.” Journal of Medical Humanities 20(4): 247-63., 1999.

Journal Issues

Editor (with Jeremy Veillard Toronto), Healthcare Papers: Meeting the Needs of Health Care’s Highest Users by Strengthening Clinical and Social Integration. 14(2), 2014.

Editor (with Frank Elgar) Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health: Mental Health Promotion: A Population Health Perspective. 31(1), 2013.

Editor Canadian Journal of Public Health: Area-Based Socioeconomic Measures as Tools for Health Disparities Research, Policy and Planning. 103(suppl 2), 2012.

Editor (with Marni Brownell) Canadian Journal of Public Health: Taking a social determinants perspective on children’s health and development. November/December 2010.