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I welcome expressions of interest to undertake a PhD from candidates with a healthcare background. My fields of interest are: critical care, particularly in the area of mechanical ventilation and delirium; intensive care survivorship; translating evidence into practice; and clinical trial core outcome set development.

1992 …2019

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Research Interests

My overarching programme is to improve the conduct of clinical trials as well as to undertake clinical trials in critical care. My primary area of interest is the impact and long-term effects of mechanical ventilation and weaning. I lead on funded projects that include clinical trials of protocolised weaning; process evaluations of complex critical care interventions involving mechanically ventilated patients; development of core outcome sets for ventilation, rehabilitation and early phase clinical trials; Cochrane systematic reviews and meta-analyses of trials; development of new interventions to minimise delirium and improve rehabilitation for intensive care survivors.

I have an active interest in pursuing research translation to practitioners and the public. My methodological expertise includes systematic reviews and meta-analyses of effectiveness trials; diagnostic test accuracy reviews; qualitative synthesis reviews; and scoping reviews. Additionally, I have expertise in clinical trials (single and multi-centre) that are accompanied by process evaluation involving qualitative methods such as interviewing (patients, relatives and clinical staff), survey (national and international) and documentary analysis (clinical charts, audits). My PhD was framed around the MRC Framework for Developing and Evaluating Complex Healthcare Interventions. I have used and currently lead a project using the Delphi technique to obtain expert consensus.

I am a highly regarded leader in European Critical Care Nursing. I established and Chair the Critical Care Doctoral European Nurses group and I am the elected President for the European federation of Critical Care Nursing associations. The federation includes membership of 31 national associations representing approximately 25,000 critical care nurses across Europe.

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Research Output

A Core Outcome Set for Critical Care Ventilation Trials

Blackwood, B., Ringrow, S., Clarke, M., Marshall, J. C., Connolly, B., Rose, L. & McAuley, D. F., 25 Jul 2019, In : Critical Care Medicine.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Biomarker-guided antibiotic stewardship in suspected ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAPrapid2): a randomised controlled trial and process evaluation

    Hellyer, T. P., McAuley, D., Walsh, T. S., Anderson, N. H., Conway Morris, A., Singh, S., Dark, P., Roy, A. I., Perkins, G. D., McMullan, R., Emerson, L., Blackwood, B., Wright, S. E., Kefala, K., O'Kane, C., Baudouin, S. V., Paterson, R. W., Rostron, A. J., Agus, A., Bannard-Smith, J. & 19 others, Robin, N., Welters, I., Bassford, C., Yates, B., Spencer, C., Laha, S., Hulme, J., Bonner, S., Linnett, V. C., Sonksen, J., van den Broeck, T., Boschman, G., Keenan, J., Scott, J., Allen, A. J., Phair, G., Parker, J., Bowett, S. A. & Simpson, A. J., 03 Dec 2019, In : The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 10 p.

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    Guidelines on the management of acute respiratory distress syndrome

    Griffiths, M. J. D., McAuley, D. F., Perkins, G. D., Barrett, N., Blackwood, B., Boyle, A., Chee, N., Connolly, B., Dark, P., Finney, S., Salam, A., Silversides, J., Tarmey, N., Wise, M. P., Baudouin, S. V. & Connolly, B., 24 May 2019, In : BMJ Open Respiratory Research. 6, 1, 27 p., e000420.

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
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    Identifying patients’ support needs following critical illness: a scoping review of the qualitative literature

    King, J., O'Neill, B., Ramsay, P., Linden, M., Darweish Medniuk, A., Outtrim, J. & Blackwood, B., 24 May 2019, In : Critical Care. 23, 12 p., 187.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    All Ireland Nursing Research Fellowship from NBNI / Bord Altranais

    Bronagh Blackwood (Recipient), 2000

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Ambassador Award

    Bronagh Blackwood (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Cochrane Fellowship

    Bronagh Blackwood (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Election to President

    Bronagh Blackwood (Recipient), May 2014

    Prize: Election to learned society

  • Activities


    Bronagh Blackwood (Chair)
    May 2014 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Journal)

    Bronagh Blackwood (Editor)
    2013 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    International forum for acute care trialists (InFACT) (External organisation)

    Bronagh Blackwood (Member)
    06 May 2013 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

    ARDS Clinical Guidelines Development Group

    Bronagh Blackwood (Member)
    Jan 2013 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    UKCCRF (External organisation)

    Bronagh Blackwood (Member)
    2012 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation


    Protocols that assist clinicians to wean critically ill patients from mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit (ICU)

    Bronagh Blackwood (Participant), Chris Patterson (Participant), Linda Johnston (Participant), Fiona Alderdice (Participant), Christopher Cardwell (Participant), Peter O'Halloran (Participant), Danny McAuley (Participant)

    Impact: Health Impact, Quality of Life Impact