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As a research adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service, I provide methodological and other support to clinicians and academics as they develop their research applications for submission to NIHR and other national, competitive funding programmes.
I have a clinical background in nursing and have worked as a research associate in an Evidence-Based Child Health Unit, helping to develop and embed an explicit evidence-based approach to clinical practice in an acute paediatric Trust, undertaking systematic reviews and developing national guidelines. My main research interests comprise systematic reviews in the fields of diet, medicines management and supportive care (including prevention and treatment of oral health problems, nausea and vomiting in patients with cancer, measuring temperature in children and infants, undesrtanding substance misuse in adults).
- Member of the trial adoption group panel for the Norwich Clinical Trials Unit
- Editorial Board member of the journal Pilot and Feasibilty Studies
- Independent member of data monitoring (and ethics) comittees
MSc in Nursing, University of Liverpool (Awarded 1998)
Research Adviser, Research Design Service for the East of England, National Institute for Health Research
Professional Qualifications and professional memberships
2007 PhD, University of Liverpool
1998 MSc Nursing, University of Liverpool
1988 Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, Red Cross Children’s War Memorial Hospital, South Africa
1982 Registered General Nurse, BG Alexander College, Johannesburg, South Africa
Supportive care in children with cancer
Impact of nutrition on musculoskeletal health
Systematic review methods
Development of evidence-based guidelines
Method comparison studies
April 2010-present, Research Adviser, Research Design Service (RDS), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
January 1998 – March 2010: Research Associate, Evidence-Based Unit, Institute of Child Health, University of Liverpool
1995 - 1997: Care Pathways Co-ordinator for Cardiac and Cardiac Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust
1992 - 1994: Paediatric Intensive Care Nurse, Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust
1990 – 1992: Paediatric Nurse, St Thomas’ Hospital, London
1983 – 1992: Clinical Nurse, Acute Settings, Johannesburg General Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital, South Africa
Key Research Interests and Expertise
My research interests can be broadly grouped as follows
* medicines management, in particular
- the problems of administering safe doses to children where required dose forms are not available (NIHR funded suite of studies)
- the safe and effective delivery of medicines in any age group
* nutritional impact on health
- the relationship between dietary pattern and musculoskeletal health
* supportive care including:
- mouth care in children undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy (Cochrane systematic reviews, audits, national guidelines on mouthcare);
- the treatment and prevention of nausea and vomiting in children undergoing chemotherapy (Cochrane systematic review)
- temperature measurement in children (published in the Lancet and BMJ)
- understanding substance abuse in adults (systematic review of qualiative studies)
As a research adviser for the NIHR Research Design Service, I advise on a range of research methods, but have a particular interest in systematic review methods.
Richey RH, Craig JV, Shah UU, Ford JL, Barker CE, Peak M, Nunn AJ, Turner M. (2012) The manipulation of drugs to obtain the required dose: systematic review protocol. Journal of Advanced Nursing. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05916.x.
Glenny AM, Gibson F, Auld E, Coulon S, Clarkson JE, Craig JV, Eden OB, Worthington HV, Pizer B on behalf of the UKCCSG-PONF Mouth Care Group. (2010) The development of evidence-based guidelines on mouthcare for children, teenagers and young adults treated for cancer. European Journal of Cancer May;46(8):1399-412
Gibson F, Auld EM, Bryan G, Coulson S, Craig JV, Glenny A-M (2010) A systematic review of oral assessment instruments: what can we recommend to practitioners in children's and young people's cancer care? Cancer Nursing Jul-Aug;33(4):E1-E19.
Riley RD, Dodd SR, Craig JV, Thompson JR, Williamson PR. (2008) Meta-analysis of diagnostic test studies using individual patient data and aggregate data. Statistics in Medicine 27(29):6111-36
Craig JV, Smyth RL (Editors) (2012) The Evidence-Based Practice Manual for Nurses. Third Edition. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
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Review of health economic models exploring and evaluating treatment and management of hospital-acquired pneumonia and ventilator-associated pneumoniaWagner, A. P., Enne, V. I., Livermore, D. M., Craig, J. V., Turner, D. A. & INHALE study group, 1 Dec 2020, In : Journal of Hospital Infection. 106, 4, p. 745-756 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review articleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)
Safety and efficacy of 2% chlorhexidine gluconate aqueous versus 2% chlorhexidine gluconate in 70% isopropyl alcohol for skin disinfection prior to percutaneous central venous catheter insertion in preterm neonates: The ARCTIC randomised-controlled feasibility trial protocolClarke, P., Craig, J. V., Wain, J., Tremlett, C., Linsell, L., Bowler, U., Juszczak, E. & Heath, P. T., 1 Feb 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 2, e028022.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile3 Citations (Scopus)11 Downloads (Pure)
A systematic review of the use of dosage form manipulation to obtain required doses to inform use of manipulation in paediatric practiceRichey, R. H., Hughes, C., Craig, J. V., Shah, U. U., Ford, J. L., Barker, C. E., Peak, M., Nunn, A. J. & Turner, M. A., 25 Feb 2017, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 518, 1-2, p. 155–166
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile29 Citations (Scopus)8 Downloads (Pure)
Relationship between the Mediterranean dietary pattern and musculoskeletal health in children, adolescents, and adults: systematic review and evidence mapCraig, J. V., Bunn, D. K., Hayhoe, R. P., Appleyard, W. O., Lenaghan, E. A. & Welch, A. A., 1 Oct 2017, In : Nutrition Research Reviews. 75, 10, p. 830–857 28 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile14 Citations (Scopus)16 Downloads (Pure)
Smoking cessation for substance misusers: a systematic review of qualitative studies on participant and provider beliefs and perceptionsGentry, S., Craig, J., Holland, R. & Notley, C., 1 Nov 2017, In : Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 180, p. 178-192 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile15 Citations (Scopus)25 Downloads (Pure)