David Robert Thompson

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David Robert Thompson
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Born (1955-02-10) February 10, 1955 (age 64)
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
Known forResearch into Cardiac nursing
Academic background
Alma materLoughborough University
Keele University
University of Hull
Academic work
InstitutionsQueen's University Belfast

David Robert Thompson (born 10 February 1955) is a British academic nurse and psychologist. He is professor of nursing at Queen's University Belfast.[1] He holds honorary and adjunct positions in the United Kingdom and Australia[2] and is an editor of European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing[3]. He served as a panel member of the 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise[4] and as a sub panel member of the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise[5]. He was the first nurse to be elected a member of the British Cardiac Society[6].


Thompson is a Registered Nurse and holds a BSc in nursing from the CNAA, a PhD in psychology from Loughborough University, an MA in policy from Loughborough University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Social Anthropology from Keele University, and an MBA from the University of Hull.

Professional life[edit]

Thompson's clinical area is cardiac nursing and his specialty is cardiac rehabilitation. He was the lead author of the first series of studies to examine circadian rhythms of chest pain in myocardial infarction[7][8][9]. Between 1998-2001 Thompson was the only person ever to serve as Professor of Nursing Research at the United Kingdom Department of Health and Social Care.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Thompson holds fellowships of the Royal College of Nursing[10], the American Academy of Nursing[11] the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand[12], the European Society of Cardiology[13] and the Florence Nightingale Foundation[14]. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.


Thompson has over 600 publications listed on Web of Science that have been cited more than 9000 times, giving him an h-index of 46. His three most-cited articles are:[15]

  • Taylor, RS; Brown, A; Ebrahim, S; Joliffe, J; Noorani, H; Rees, K; Skidmore, B; Stone, JA; Thompson, DR; Oldridge, N (2004). "Exercise-based rehabilitation for patients with coronary heart disease: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials". American Journal of Medicine. 116 (10): 682–692. doi:10.1016/j.amjmed.2004.01.009.
  • Anderson, L; Thompson, DR; Oldgridge, N; Swizler, AD; Rees, K; Martin, N; Taylor, RS (2016). "Exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation for coronary heart disease". Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2). doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001800.pub3.
  • Mayou, RA; Gill, D; Thompson, DR; Hicks, N; Neil, A (2000). "Depression and anxiety as predictors of outcome after myocardial infarction". Psychosomatic Medicine. 62 (102): 212–219. doi:10.1097/00006842-200003000-00011. PMID 10772399.


  1. ^ "Professor David R Thompson". Queen's University Belfast. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  2. ^ "Professor David R Thompson". University of Queensland. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  3. ^ "Editorial Board". Sage. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  4. ^ https://www.rae.ac.uk/2001/PMembers/Panel10.htm
  5. ^ https://www.rae.ac.uk/pubs/2007/03/mainpanelC.pdf
  6. ^ "Professor David R Thompson". Queen's University Belfast. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  7. ^ Thompson DR, Pohl JEF. (1991). "Circadian variation in the frequency of onset of chest pain in acute myocardial infarction - reply". British Heart Journal. 66 (6): 257. PMID 2029438.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  8. ^ Thompson DR, Sutton TW, Jowett NI, Pohl JEF. (1991). "Circadian variation in the frequency of onset of chest pain in acute myocardial infarction". British Heart Journal. 65 (4): 177–178. PMID 2029438.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  9. ^ Thompson DR, Pohl JEF, Sutton TW. (1992). "Circadian variation in the frequency of onset of chest pain in elderly patients with acute myocardial infarction". Age and Ageing. 21 (2): 99–102. PMID 1575099.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  10. ^ "RCN Fellowship and Honorary Fellowship Roll of Honour" (PDF). Royal College of Nursing. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  11. ^ "David R Thompson - Profile". Main Site. American Academy of Nursing. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  12. ^ "Fellowships". Queen's University Belfast. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  13. ^ "Fellowships". Queen's University Belfast. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  14. ^ "Fellowships". Queen's University Belfast. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  15. ^ "David Thompson - E-2431-2018". ResearcherID. Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 2019-02-15.

External links[edit]

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