Professor Alan Pearson

Emeritus Professor
Professor Alan Pearson
  Org Unit Joanna Briggs Institute
  Telephone +61 8 8313 4097
  Location Floor/Room 3 ,  WCH - Norwich Centre ,   Womens & Childrens Hospital

Alan Pearson AM is the Head of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange. (CREATE) and Professor of Evidence-based Health Care at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Pearson has extensive experience in clinical practice in the UK, the USA, Papua New Guinea and Australia. He has been the recipient of many competitive and commissioned research grants.

He has published over 50 books and research reports, over 40 book chapters, and over 140 refereed journal articles. He established the Joanna Briggs Institute in Adelaide in 1996 and is actively involved in advancing evidence-based healthcare in many countries.

Professor Pearson has supervised over 100 postgraduate students through to completion. He is a member of the Research Committee of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Committee; Director of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field; and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Nursing Practice.


PhD (University of London)

MSc (University of Manchester)

Diploma of Advanced Nursing Studies (University of Manchester)

Fellow of the College of Nursing

Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, Australia

Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing (UK)

Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology


Recent Books

Pearson, A., Loveday, H., Holopainen, A. (2012) Translation Science and The JBI Model of Evidence-Based Healthcare. Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Pearson, A., Stannard, D., Yan, Hu. (2012) Clinical Wisdom and Evidence-Based Healthcare. Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Pearson, A., Weeks, S. and Stern, C. (2011) Translation Science and The JBI Model of Evidence-Based Healthcare. Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.

Pearson, A., Robertson Malt, S.. and Rittenmeyer,L. (2011) Synthesising Qualitative Evidence. Philadelphia, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.


Recent Refereed journal articles

Lang DSP, Keefe DMK, Schultz T, Pearson A (2013) 'Predictors of acute adverse events from rapid rituximab infusion' In: Support Care Cancer

Pearson, A, Cheng, Hao-Min, Tufanaru C, and Chen, Chen-Huan (2013) ‘Automated blood pressure measurement in atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis’. Journal of Hypertension
Vol 31 No 1,
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins pp 214-216.

Munn Z, Kavanagh S, Lockwood C, Pearson A, Wood F (2012) ‘The development of an evidence based resource for burns care’ In: Burns

Pearson, A., Cheng, Hao-Min, Lang, D. Tufanaru, C. (2012) ‘Measurement accuracy of non-invasively obtained central blood pressure by applanation tonometry: A systematic review and meta-analysis’ In: International Journal of Cardiology

Pearson A, Jordan Z, Munn Z (2011) Translational science and evidence based healthcare: a clarification and reconceptualization of how knowledge is generated and used in healthcare. Nursing Research and Practice (in press)

Lang DSP, Hagger C, Pearson A (2011) Safety of rapid rituximab infusion in adult cancer patients: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 17 (4): 357-369

Norton-Westwood D, Pearson A and Robertson-Malt S (2011) The ability of environmental healthcare design strategies to impact event related anxiety in paediatric patients: a comprehensive systematic review. The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 9(44): 1828-1882

Moola S, Pearson A, Hagger C (2011) Effectiveness of music interventions on dental anxiety in paediatric and adult patients: a systematic review.
The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 9(18): 588-630

Cheng H, Lang D, Pearson A, Worthley S (2011) Measurement accuracy of non-invasively obtained central blood pressure: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The JBI Library of Systematic Reviews, 9(52): 2166-2214

Pearson A (2010) The evidence base for nursing practice: The potential impact of spearheading leading-edge nursing research on improving global health. Journal of Research in Nursing, 15 (5): 385-90

Field J; Pearson A (2010) Caring to death: the murder of patients by nurses. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16 (3): 301-9

Pearson A; Jordan Z (2010) Evidence-based healthcare in developing countries. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 8 (2): 97-100

Hannes K, Lockwood C and Pearson A (2010) A Comparative Analysis of Three Online Appraisal Instruments' Ability to Assess Validity in Qualitative Research. Qual Health Res 20: 1736


Recent Book Chapters

Pearson A. (2013) “Nursing Models for practice’, Potter and Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing 4th edition, Elsevier Australia pp 39-52

Pearson A, Hannes, K, (2012) ‘Obstacles to the implementation of evidence-based practice in Belgium: a worked example of meta-aggregation’ Synthesizing Qualitative Research, Wiley Blackwell, Chichester, pp 21-40

Pearson A, (2011) Foreward. In: Holly C, Salmond Susan W, Saimbert Marie K, Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice, New York, Springer Publishing Company, pp xi-xiii

Pearson A, (2010) ‘The Joanna Briggs Institute Model of Evidence-Based Healthcare as a Framework for Implementing Evidence.’ In Rycroft-Malone J, Bucknall T editors, Models and Frameworks for Implementing Evidence-Based Practice: Linking Evidence to Action, Wiley-Blackwell, p185-203.

Pearson A, (2010) ‘Evidence about clients’ experience and concerns’ In Hoffman T, Bennett S, Del Mar C editors, Evidence-Based Practice across the health professions, Chatswood, Elsevier, p206-222.


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