Orla Smith




My main areas of research interest are decision-making and psychological outcomes in family members of critically ill patients.

Recent Publications

  1. Zampieri, FG, da Costa, BR, Vaara, ST, Lamontagne, F, Rochwerg, B, Nichol, AD et al.. A Bayesian reanalysis of the Standard versus Accelerated Initiation of Renal-Replacement Therapy in Acute Kidney Injury (STARRT-AKI) trial. Crit Care. 2022;26 (1):255. doi: 10.1186/s13054-022-04120-y. PubMed PMID:36008827 PubMed Central PMC9404618.
  2. Angriman, F, Ferreyro, BL, Angeloni, N, da Costa, BR, Wald, R, Bagshaw, SM et al.. The Effect of an Accelerated Renal Replacement Therapy Initiation Is Not Modified by Baseline Risk. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022;19 (9):1613-1618. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202201-046RL. PubMed PMID:35587363 .
  3. Rose, L, Sutt, AL, Amaral, AC, Fergusson, DA, Smith, OM, Dale, CM et al.. Interventions to enable communication for adult patients requiring an artificial airway with or without mechanical ventilator support. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2021;10 (10):CD013379. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013379.pub2. PubMed PMID:34637143 PubMed Central PMC8507432.
  4. Dale, CM, Rose, L, Carbone, S, Pinto, R, Smith, OM, Burry, L et al.. Effect of oral chlorhexidine de-adoption and implementation of an oral care bundle on mortality for mechanically ventilated patients in the intensive care unit (CHORAL): a multi-center stepped wedge cluster-randomized controlled trial. Intensive Care Med. 2021;47 (11):1295-1302. doi: 10.1007/s00134-021-06475-2. PubMed PMID:34609548 PubMed Central PMC8490143.
  5. Wald, R, Bagshaw, SM, STARRT-AKI Investigators. Integration of Equipoise into Eligibility Criteria in the STARRT-AKI Trial. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021;204 (2):234-237. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202009-3425LE. PubMed PMID:33939598 .
  6. Takaoka, A, Vanstone, M, Neville, TH, Goksoyr, S, Swinton, M, Clarke, FJ et al.. Family and Clinician Experiences of Sympathy Cards in the 3 Wishes Project. Am J Crit Care. 2020;29 (6):422-428. doi: 10.4037/ajcc2020733. PubMed PMID:33130860 .
  7. STARRT-AKI Investigators, Canadian Critical Care Trials Group, Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society Clinical Trials Group, United Kingdom Critical Care Research Group, Canadian Nephrology Trials Network, Irish Critical Care Trials Group et al.. Timing of Initiation of Renal-Replacement Therapy in Acute Kidney Injury. N Engl J Med. 2020;383 (3):240-251. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2000741. PubMed PMID:32668114 .
  8. Smith, OM, Metcalfe, K, Puts, M, McDonald, E, Sue-Chee, S, Friedrich, JO et al.. Role Incongruence and Psychological Stress Symptoms in Substitute Decision Makers of Intensive Care Patients. Am J Crit Care. 2020;29 (4):301-310. doi: 10.4037/ajcc2020307. PubMed PMID:32607568 .
  9. Vanstone, M, Neville, TH, Swinton, ME, Sadik, M, Clarke, FJ, LeBlanc, A et al.. Expanding the 3 Wishes Project for compassionate end-of-life care: a qualitative evaluation of local adaptations. BMC Palliat Care. 2020;19 (1):93. doi: 10.1186/s12904-020-00601-5. PubMed PMID:32605623 PubMed Central PMC7325646.
  10. Neville, TH, Clarke, F, Takaoka, A, Sadik, M, Vanstone, M, Phung, P et al.. Keepsakes at the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020;60 (5):941-947. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2020.06.011. PubMed PMID:32574658 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Research Manager, Critical Care, St. Michael’s Hospital