Department of Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
PO Box 7343
Tel +64 4 918 6237
I am a Registered Nurse and Research Fellow with the Wellington Asthma Research Group. Currently I am a co-investigator in the Maternal Probiotic Study (Studies of Probiotics and Allergic Disease). This is a randomized controlled trial clinical trial investigating the use of probiotics to prevent the development of allergic disease in infants, and reduce gestational diabetes and bacterial vaginal infections in pregnant women.
Research expertise and interest
My current research interest is in the field of allergic disease.
In the past four years I have worked on a series of quantitative studies related to both the prevention and treatment of allergic disease (eczema, hay fever and asthma).
Previous to this work my research interest and experience was in the area of oncology/palliative care using qualitative approaches to research.
Wickens, K., Barthow, C., Murphy, R., Abels, P., Maude, R., Stone, P., . . . Crane, J. (2017). Early pregnancy probiotic supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 may reduce the prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus: A randomised controlled trial. British Journal of Nutrition, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0007114517000289
The Probiotics in Pregnancy Study (PiP Study): rationale and design of a double-blind randomised controlled trial to improve maternal health during pregnancy and prevent infant eczema and allergy
Wickens Kristin, Black Peter, Stanley Thorsten, Mitchell Edwin, Barthow Christine, Fitzharris Penny, Purdie Gordon, Crane Julian A protective effect of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 against eczema in the first 2 years of life persists to 4 years. Clin Exp Allergy 2012 Clin Exp Allergy 2012;42:1071-9.
McCullough, L.; McKinlay, E.; Barthow, C.; Moss, C. & Wise, D. (2010) A model of treatment decision-making when patients have advanced cancer: how do cancer treatment doctors and nurses contribute to the process? European Journal of Cancer Care, 19(4), 482-491. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2009.01074.x
Barthow, C.; Moss, C.; McKinlay, E; McCullough, L. & Wise, D. (2009) To be involved or not: Factors that influence nurses' involvement in providing decisional support in advanced cancer. European Journal of Oncology Nursing 13, pp 22-28.