Current Research

The Nursing Research Institute conduct research projects that align with four of the 11 Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), National Safety, and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS):

NRI Research Projects 2018

NRI projects by National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Standard 1: Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations

AVERT-DOSE (Determining Optimal early rehabilitation after StrokE): A multi-arm covariate-adjusted, response-adaptive randomised controlled trial.

STROKE123: A collaborative national effort to monitor, promote, and improve the quality of stroke care in hospitals and patient outcomes

Qualitative study of purchasing and disinvestment processes in acute care hospitals

Acute care hospital and local health services disinvestment decision-making –  systematic review

Standard 2: Partnering with Consumers

HosQuit: Brief smoking cessation program in acute care

Justice Connect Evaluation

Standard 4: Medication Safety

Use of Fascia Iliaca Blocks in elderly patients with a fractured neck of femur

Standard 5: Comprehensive Care

Cochrane Review: Interventions for uptake of evidence-based recommendations in acute stroke settings

Cochrane Review: Screening for aspiration risk associated with dysphagia in acute stroke

Head Position in Stroke Trial (HeadPoST)

Altering the Rehabilitation Environment to Improve Stroke Survivor Activity (AREISSA)

An evidence-based approach to improve outcomes and reducing hospital-acquired complications in patients with rib fractures: Chest Injury Pathway (ChIP)

International variation in patient thrombolysis selection criteria

National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence for stroke rehabilitation and brain recovery

National Institute for Health Research Global Health Research Programme - Global stroke research group in India

Oral health care practices for stroke patients in acute care: an international survey

Post-stroke hyperglycaemia -Treatment with Exenatide in Acute Ischaemic Stroke (TEXAIS) trial

Reducing disability from stroke by improving access to best practice stroke care in Victoria (STELAR)

Transforming nursing assessment in acute hospitals: a cluster randomised controlled trial of an EvideNce-based CORE assessment protocol (the ENCORE study)

Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in emergency departments trial (T3 Trial)

Improving arm function after stroke using task specific training

Very Early Rehabilitation in SpEech (VERSE): Development of an Australian randomised controlled trial of aphasia therapy after stroke

Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Europe project

DecubICUs pressure ulcers in intensive care units: The global point-prevalence study

Standard 6: Communicating for Safety

Creating a culture of safety and respect: a controlled, mixed methods study of the effectiveness of a behavioural accountability intervention to reduce unprofessional behaviours (ETHOS)

Standard 7: Blood and Blood Products

Implementation of a patient blood management program in an Australian orthopaedic unit: A pilot study

Projects involving St Vincent’s Health Australia Sydney 


Completed Research 

The Out-and-About Trial: Improving quality of life by increasing outdoor journeys after stroke                                                                                        McCluskey A, Ada L, Middleton S, Goodall S, Grimshaw J, Kelly P

Improving hand hygiene practice: identifying behavioural, attitudinal and organisational factors 
McInnes E, Jammali-Blasi A, Gould D, Middleton S

Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Implementation Project
Anna Lydtin

Emergency Department Nurse Practitioner Project
Larissa Collins

Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial of a Multidisciplinary, Team Building Intervention to Manage Fever, Sugar & Swallowing in Acute Stroke: The Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Project 
Middleton S, Levi C, Drury P, Grimshaw J, Ward J, D'Este C, McElduff P, Dale S, Griffiths R, Evans M, Quinn C, Cadilhac D, Cheung W

Setting Stroke Research Priorities: The Consumer Perspective
Sangvatanakul P, Hillege S, Lalor E, Levi C, Hill K, Middleton S

90-day Outcomes in a Cohort of Patients Admitted to a Stroke Unit
Jammali-Blasi A, McInnes E, Markus R, O'Loughlin G, Dale S, Middleton S

Improving Nurses’ Compliance with VTE Prevention Using Educational Outreach
Li F, Walker K, McInnes E, Duff J, Middleton S, Omari A, Aguilera J

Improving the Uptake of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Guidelines: A Multidisciplinary Practice Improvement Project
Walker K, Duff J, Omari A, Aguilera J, Middleton S, Kelleher K, Dewsnap K, Devenish H

Pressure Ulcer Preventative Program in Perioperative Care: Evaluation of a Nursing Education Intervention
Sutherland-Fraser S, Elmes T, Burke V, McInnes E, Maher L, Middleton S

Coordinated Multidisciplinary Circuit Therapy Class: An Evaluation
Brunner M, Markus R, McInnes E, English C, Trudinger C, Van Vliet P, Middleton S

The Status of Australian Nurse Practitioners: The Second National Census
Middleton S, Gardner G, Gardner A, Della P

GMCT Scoping Study: What Makes Successful Clinical Networks?
Middleton S, McInnes E, Gardner G, Haines M, Haertsch M, Paul C, Castaldi P

Improving Clinical Practice in Intensive Care: Implementation of an Evidenced Based Practice Guideline
Knowels S, Middleton S, Hardy J, Elliott D, Wright B

Examining the Management of Reported Medication Incidents in an Acute Care Hospital
Bailey F, Middleton S, McInnes E, Elliott D

Evaluating Nurse Behaviour Change in NSW Acute Stroke Units Following Implementation of an Intervention to Promote the Uptake of Evidence Based Practice
Drury P, Middleton S, Hardy J, McInnes E

What are the reasons for clinical network success - A qualitative study
McInnes E, Haines M, Dominello A, Karucy D, Jammali-Blasi A, Middleton S, Kleinberg E

Exploring the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Service in New South Wales
Allnutt J, Hawley R, Gardner G, Gardner A, Della P, Middleton S