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Professor Clint Douglas
Professor and Nursing Chair, Faculty of Health and Metro North Hospital and Health Service
Faculty of Health,
School of Nursing
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Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - CDA
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

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Australian College of Nursing

Australian Pain Society

Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Clint Douglas RN, PhD, leads a program of acute care health services research. With a clinical background in acute care nursing, his research focuses on optimising the influence of nursing to keep patients safe: strengthening nurse surveillance for prevention of patient deterioration in general wards, the impact of hospital nurse staffing on patient outcomes, and evaluation of innovative nurse-led services. He also has expertise in pain and symptom research, with a focus on symptom burden and self-management in chronic disease.

Over the past 4 years he has been a core member of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Patient Assessment Research Council – a collaborative initiative between QUT and hospital staff to explore and improve patient assessment practices in general acute care settings. Under his leadership this partnership has established a successful program of research (>$2.3M funding), including a landmark cluster randomised trial designed to transform nursing assessment in general wards (the ENCORE trial). This trial is led by Prof Douglas in collaboration with researchers from Australian Catholic University and University of Sydney, and includes seven hospital partners in Queensland and New South Wales. It has been funded by the NHMRC in partnership with Metro North Hospital and Health Service (QLD) and St Vincent’s Health Australia (NSW). The results will provide new evidence about keeping patients safe during hospitalisation and directly influence hospital policy and practice.

Currently funded grants:

  • 2017, Transforming nursing assessment in acute hospitals: A cluster randomised controlled trial of an evidence-based core assessment protocol (the ENCORE trial). NHMRC Partnership Project.
  • 2016, Health services research on legislated nurse-to-patient ratios in Queensland Australia. Queensland Government, Department of Health.

Current higher degree research student projects (*Principal supervisor):

  • Anthony Batterbury (PhD student), Evaluating clinical acuity and dependency of deteriorating patients in general wards.
  • Molly Milazi (DHthSc candidate), A bundled phosphate control intervention (4Ds) for adults with end stage kidney disease receiving haemodialysis: A cluster randomised controlled trial.
  • *Jacqueline Peet (PhD candidate), Strengthening nurse surveillance in general wards: A practice development approach.
  • *Lee Poole (MPhil student), Person-centred communication in the emergency department: An appreciative inquiry.
  • *Suzanne Williams (PhD candidate), A collaborative implementation study of acute paediatric pain management in the emergency department.
This information has been contributed by Professor Clint Douglas.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.