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Dru Riddle - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Dru Riddle

Professor, Nurse Anesthesia | Texas Christian University


Dr. Riddle is an expert in evidence-based practice and applying research in practice.





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Dru received his PhD in Nurisng Science and Pharmacogenetics from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is also a practicing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and the PI on a large grant that is focusing on centering racial health equity in evidence syntheses. Dru is the Co-Chair of the Cochrane US Network, part of the Cochrane Collaboration. He blends applied basic sciences and evidence-based practice to improve the outcomes for patients. His clinical interest centers on inpatient anesthesia.

Areas of Expertise (5)


Racial Health Equity

Evidence Based Practice



Education (4)

Medical University of South Carolina: Ph.D., Pharmacogenomics / Nursing 2014

Texas Christian University: D.N.P., Nursing Science 2011

Old Dominion University: M.S.N. C.R.N.A., Nurse Anesthesia 2002

Virginia Commonwealth University: R.N. B.S.N., Nursing / Microbiology 1999

Media Appearances (2)

ICYMI: What’s New and Next in Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Today

Dallas Innovates  online


With a $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Texas Christian University is leading a study aimed at reducing health disparities. Aiming to ensure that “everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible,” TCU will serve as the lead entity on the research, which includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a partner. Dr. Dru Riddle (above), director of TCU’s Center for Translational Research, is the study’s principal investigator.

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TCU to Partner in $1 Million Grant to Study Health Disparities

TCU News  online


TCU’s Dr. Dru Riddle is the principal investigator on a $1 million grant to prioritize research topics to advance racial health equity. Riddle, director of TCU’s Center for Translational Research, will lead a prestigious collaboration of investigators and institutions to undertake a comprehensive effort to listen to stakeholders and communities, perform landscape analyses of existing resources and prioritize next steps for systematic reviews with the goal of reducing health disparities. TCU’s Center for Translational Research is one of the component centers of the Health Innovation Institute at TCU which is led by Vice Provost Dr. Susan Mace Weeks.

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Articles (6)

JBI series paper 1: Introducing JBI and the JBI Model of EHBC

Journal of Clinical Epidemiology

2022 Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is an international research organization and collaborative network hosted in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University Of Adelaide, South Australia. Now in its 25th year of activity, JBI is concerned with improving health outcomes in communities globally by promoting and supporting the use of the best available evidence to inform decision making in health policy and practice.

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Evaluation of Testing as a Method to Assess Continued Competency in Nurse Anesthesia Practice: A Systematic Review

AANA Journal

Dru Riddle, Kathy Baker, A Sapp

2016 Competency in healthcare practice has become a priority for sustaining the goals of quality and safety in patient care delivery. Evaluating maintenance of competency for practitioners beyond their initial licensure and credentialing has become a topic of focus in recent years. A systematic review was conducted to evaluate testing as a method of assessing continued competency in nurse anesthesia practice. Using the Joanna Briggs Institute method for a comprehensive systematic review, a literature search followed by critical appraisal of included manuscripts was performed. Sixty-three published and unpublished manuscripts were included in this systematic review. Testing should be used solely for the purpose of assessing knowledge necessary for current practice unique to the individual test taker. Testing should reflect real life and should allow the test taker access to materials and resources normally available in …

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Treatment of exertional rhabdomyolysis in athletes: a systematic review

JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports

Sarah Manspeaker, Kelley Henderson, Dru Riddle

2016 Exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) is the breakdown of skeletal muscle tissue following intense physical activity that results in impairment of the cell membrane, which allows intracellular contents to be released into the bloodstream. Signs and symptoms include myalgia, myoglobinuria and increased creatine kinase (CK) levels. Athletes are vulnerable to this condition due to their increased level of physical activity...

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Conducting systematic reviews of economic evaluations

International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare

Judith Streak Gomersall, Yuri Tertilus Jadotte, Yifan Xue, Suzi Lockwood, Dru Riddle, Alin Preda

2015 In 2012, a working group was established to review and enhance the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) guidance for conducting systematic review of evidence from economic evaluations addressing a question (s) about health intervention cost-effectiveness.

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Evidence in Perioperative Care

Nursing Clinics

Dru Riddle, Daphne Stannard

2014 Perioperative care encompasses a wide array of disciplines, providers, and patient interactions and is typically divided into three care areas:(1) preoperative,(2) intraoperative, and (3) postoperative care. Peri means “around” in Greek, and perioperative areas wrap themselves around the patient’s operative experience to safely care for and guide the patient and family through the entire perioperative continuum. 1 Although these care areas may not be geographically dispersed (because some patients are prepared and recovered in the same area where the procedure occurred), they are considered three distinct phases of care, whereby different clinical objectives are met and unique skills are required for each phase. However, because phase of care is frequently associated with phase I and II recovery, 2 the term “care area” is used throughout this article to refer to preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative …

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Intraoperative brain activity monitoring and post-anesthesia care length of stay: a systematic review

BI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports

Dru Riddle, Hylda Nugent

2011 The use of intraoperative brain activity monitoring helps to guide the administration of general anesthesia. Additional benefits of brain activity monitoring in the face of general anesthesia include increased patient satisfaction, decreased nausea and vomiting, decreased pain, and decreased risk of intraoperative recall. Conflicting reports in the literature exist concerning the efficacy of brain activity monitoring at reducing the post-anesthesia care unit length of stay...

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