Professor Debra Bick, RM, BA, MMedSc, PhD
Debra Bick is a midwife and researcher with an academic background in public health and epidemiology.
Current responsibilitiesDebra is Professor of Evidence Based Midwifery Practice in the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is also a visiting professor at Bournemouth University and at the University of Sao Paulo and is Editor in Chief of ‘Midwifery: An international journal’.
Professor Bick’s research is concerned primarily with the study of the impact of pregnancy and birth on women’s physical and psychological health.
She also has a research interest in maternity service delivery and organisation and the synthesis and translation of evidence to enhance maternal and infant health.
Professor Bick has an extensive publication record with over 90 papers in academic and clinical journals. She has also written/edited five books. One of these books ‘Postnatal Care: Evidence and Guidelines for Management’ first published in 2002 (co-edited with Christine MacArthur, Helena Knowles and Heather Winter), has become a standard text for midwifery education in the UK and is well known internationally. A second edition was published in 2008 (with Christine MacArthur and Heather Winter). In 2009, one of her projects was awarded first prize in the postnatal category by the All Party Parliamentary Maternity Group.
Additional informationProfessor Bick has contributed to several recent policy reviews of the maternity services in England and Wales led by the Department of Health. She has also contributed to a Healthcare for London review of maternity services in the capital and to the work of the Public Health Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Diniz, S, Bick D, Bastos MH, Riesco M (2007). Empowering Women in Brazil. The Lancet; 370: 1596 – 1598.
Wilkins C, Poole R, Bick D, Thomas P (2009). Emotional Processing in Childbirth: The search for a further explanation and predictor of postnatal depression. British Journal of Midwifery; 17 (3): 154 – 159
Rycroft-Malone J, Fontenla M, Seers K, Bick D (2009). Protocol–based care: the standardization of decision making? Journal of Clinical Nursing; 18: 1490 - 1500
Bick D (2009). Addressing the obesity epidemic: Time for the maternity services to act now but what strategies should we use? Editorial. Midwifery’ 25 (5): 337 – 338.
Bick D, Rycroft-Malone J, Fontenla M. (2009). A case study evaluation of implementation of a care pathway to support normal birth in one English birth centre: anticipated benefits and unintended consequences. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2009 Oct 5; 9:47.
Bick D (2009). All gas and no air? Climate change and the impact on maternal health. Editorial. Midwifery; 25 (6): 467 – 468
Wilson MJA, MacArthur C, Cooper GM, Bick D, Moore PAS, Shennan A. On behalf of the COMET Study Group UK. (2010). Epidural analgesia and breastfeeding: a randomised controlled trial of epidural techniques with and without fentanyl and a non epidural comparison group. Anaesthesia; 65 (2): 145 – 153.
Bick D, Howard L (2010). When should women be screened for postnatal depression? Editorial. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. 10 (2): 151 - 154
Bick DE, Kettle, C, Macdonald S, Thomas PW, Hills RK. Ismail KI (2010). The PEARLS Study: Enhancing immediate and longer-term assessment and management of perineal trauma: a matched pair cluster trial. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth; 10:10 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/10/10
Bick D, Graham ID (2010). Evaluating the impact of evidence-based practice. STTI/ Wiley Blackwell Science.
Rycroft-Malone J, Fontenla M, Bick D, Seers K (2010). A realistic evaluation: the case of protocol-based care. Implementation Science; 5: 38
Professor Debra Bick
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery
James Clerk Maxwell Building
57 Waterloo Road
London SE1 8WA
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