Identifying the highest quality evidence for implementing nutritional interventions to improve health outcomes in early childhood

Project Code: 10387449

Faculty: Liggins Institute

Department: Liggins Institute

Main Supervisor: Dr Julie Brown

Application open date: 10 Oct 2017

Application deadline: 08 May 2018

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International


Healthcare and treatment are often based on clinical practice guidelines that provide recommendations for practice and further research. The evidence within these guidelines is frequently based on systematic reviews.

For the recommendations to be taken up into practice a plan for implementation is required.
There has been no comparison of Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews of nutritional interventions for improving health outcomes in early childhood. There has been no exploration of the evidence informing current national and international clinical guidelines for nutrition of this population.

The tools suggested or used for implementing these guidelines has not been explored previously. Using a theoretical framework, this project will involve in-depth interviews with health professionals in Australia and New Zealand caring for neonates and infants receiving nutritional interventions to improve health outcomes. The interviews will identify the determinants of practice for use of nutritional clinical practice guidelines in New Zealand.

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

Health professional or public health background
Interest in implementation of new knowledge into clinical practice
GPA or equivalent of at least 7.0


1. Identify and critically appraise Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews of nutritional interventions to improve health outcomes in early childhood
2. Identify and critically appraise clinical practice guidelines for nutritional support in early childhood
3. Identify the implementation tools planned or used to transfer new knowledge
4. Using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews identify key determinants of use related to clinical guidelines of nutritional interventions in early childhood in health professionals in New Zealand and Australia.

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