Denise Harrison RN PhD
Dr. Harrison’s research began as a single clinical question: “How can we reduce pain during painful procedures in sick babies?” This question arose from working for many years in neonatal intensive care. Dr. Harrison completed a PhD in Melbourne, Australia and a post-doctoral research fellowship in Toronto. She has published more than 30 papers and delivered over 100 presentations focusing on pain management in infants and children. Dr. Harrison’s program of research focuses on effectiveness and use of pain management strategies in children, from sick newborn infants up to school-aged children. Dr. Harrison’s program of research, called “Be Sweet to Babies”, focuses on pain management in neonates, infants and children. Her studies include efficacy, effectiveness, safety and utilization of sucrose in diverse neonatal, infant and child populations; systematic reviews of sucrose for pain management; pain prevalence in diverse clinical settings; pain management in NICUs and community settings during immunization; knowledge translation; and ethics of conducting clinical trials in vulnerable patient populations. For Dr. Harrison's current research, click to see the Research Tab and go to the Current Page.
Harrison D, Elia S, Royle J, Manias E. Pain management strategies used during early childhood immunisation in Victoria. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Foster J, Spence K, Henderson-Smart D, Harrison D, Gray P. Procedural Pain in Neonates in Australian Hospitals: A survey update of practices. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Cruise S, Tam-Chan D, Harrison D, Johnston L. A prospective clinical audit of chloral hydrate administration practices in a neonatal unit. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Stevens B, Harrison D, Rashotte J, Yamada J, Abbott L, Coburn G, Stinson J, Le May S, CIHR Team in Children's Pain. Pain Assessment and Intensity in Hospitalized Children in Canada. The Journal of Pain. 2012; 13(9): 857-865.
Harrison D, Beggs S, Stevens B. Sucrose for procedural pain management in infants. Pediatrics. 2012; 130(5): 1-8.
Harrison D, Yamada J, Adams-Webber T, Ohlsson A, Beyene J, Stevens B. Sweet-tasting solutions for needle related procedural pain in children aged one to 16 years. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2011; Issue 10.
Harrison D, Loughnan P, Manias E, Smith K, Johnston L. Effect of concomitant opioid analgesics and oral sucrose during heel lancing. Early Human Development. 2011; 87: 147-149.
Harrison D, Bueno M, Yamada J, Adams-Webber T, Stevens B. Analgesic effects of sweet tasting solutions in infants: Current state of equipoise. Pediatrics. 2010; 126(5): 894-902.