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Christine-Barthow---Research-Fellow---WARG---MedicineRCompNs, MA(appl)
Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

Department of Medicine
University of Otago Wellington
PO Box 7343
Wellington 6242
New Zealand

Tel +64 4 918 6237


I am a Registered Nurse and Senior 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.


Barthow, C., Kuiper, N., Betty, B., Viliamu-Amusia, I., Bryant, L., Ranchhod, D., … McKinlay, E., & Krebs, J. (2023). Seen and unseen work: The intensity of service provision for individuals with type 2 diabetes in a high-needs population [Research letter]. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1581), 79-85. Retrieved from

Williams, B., Ropati, J., Barthow, C., & McKinlay, E. (2023). Experiences of intergenerational diabetes in a Māori whānau and a Sāmoan aiga. Proceedings of the 46th New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) Annual Scientific Meeting. Oral 16. Retrieved from

Barthow, C., Krebs, J., & McKinlay, E. (2023). A multiple case study of pre-diabetes care undertaken by general practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand: De-incentivised and de-prioritised work. BMC Primary Care, 24, 109. doi: 10.1186/s12875-023-02053-1

Barthow, C., Pullon, S., McKinlay, E., & Krebs, J. (2022). It is time for a more targeted approach to prediabetes in primary care in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 14(4), 372-377. doi: 10.1071/HC22089

Barthow, C., Pullon, S., Weatherall, M., & Krebs, J. (2022). They're sicker than we think: An exploratory study profiling the cardio-metabolic health in a sample of adults with pre-diabetes in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 14(3), 221-228. doi: 10.1071/HC22068

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