Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Wendy Sword

Wendy Sword

B.Sc.N. (McMaster), M.Sc.(T) (McMaster), Ph.D. (Guelph)

Professor and Assistant Dean (Research), School of Nursing

Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

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Academic Interests

Wendy's primary research interests include perinatal health and health services; access to care; service utilization; vulnerable populations; qualitative methods; and mixed methods. She has led a number of CIHR-funded studies, including multi-site longitudinal studies of postpartum health outcomes, service use, and costs of care. Wendy is also co-lead on an emerging team grant focusing on knowledge transfer and exchange strategies for addictions agencies serving women in Canada (

Selected Publications

  1. Kingston, D., Sword, W., Krueger, P., Hanna, S., & Markle-Reid, M. (2012). Life course pathways to prenatal maternal stress. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 41, 609-626. DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01381.x
  2. Watt, S., Sword, W., Sheehan, D., Foster, G., Krueger, P., Kurtz-Landy, C., & Thabane, L. (2012).The effect of delivery method on breastfeeding initiation – Findings from The Ontario Mother and Infant Study (TOMIS) III. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01394.x
  3. Sword, W., Heaman, M., Brooks, S., Tough, S., Janssen, P., Young, D., Kingston, D., Helewa, M., Akhtar-Danesh, N., & Hutton, E. (2012). Women’s and care providers’ perspectives of quality prenatal care: A qualitative descriptive study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 12:9. DOI:10.1186/1471-2393-12-29
  4. Niccols, A., Milligan, K., Sword, W., Thabane, L., Henderson, J., & Smith, A. (2012). Integrated programs for mothers with substance abuse issues: A systematic review of studies reporting on parenting outcomes. Harm Reduction Journal, 9:14. DOI:10.1186/1477-7517-9-14
  5. Sword, W., Clark, A., Hegadoren, K., Brooks, S., & Kingston, D. (2012). The complexity of postpartum mental health and illness: A critical realist study. Nursing Inquiry, 19, 51-62. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2011.00560.x
  6. Ganann, R., Sword, W., Black, M., & Carpio, B. (2012). Influence of maternal birthplace on postpartum health and health services use. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14, 223-229. DOI:10.1007/s10903-011-9477-2
  7. Jack, S.M., Dobbins, M., Sword, W., Novotna, G., Brooks, S., Lipman, E.L., & Niccols, A. (2011). Evidence-informed decision making by professionals working in addiction agencies serving women: A descriptive qualitative study. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 6:29.
  8. McDonald, S.D., Pullenayegum, E., Taylor, V., Lutsiv, O., Bracken, K., Good, C., Hutton, E., & Sword, W.  (2011). Despite 2009 guidelines few women report being counseled correctly about weight gain during pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 205, 333.e1-333.e6. 
  9. Sword, W., Kurtz Landy, C., Thabane, L., Watt, S., Krueger, P., Farine, D., and Foster, G. (2011). Is mode of delivery associated with postpartum depression at 6 weeks? A prospective cohort study. BJOG: British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 118, 966–977. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2011.02950.x
  10. Sword, W., Watt, S., Krueger, P., Thabane, L., Kurtz Landy, C., Farine, D., & Swinton, M. (2009). The Ontario Mother and Infant Study (TOMIS) III: A multi-site cohort study of the impact of delivery method on health, service use, and costs of care in the first postpartum year. BioMed Central Pregnancy and Childbirth, 9:16. DOI:10.1186/1471-2393-9-16

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