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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr O'Halloran is open to PhD applications in the fields of;
- Palliative care
- Chronic illness

1997 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research Statement

My research focuses on organisational and clinical pathways for those with chronic diseases, or at the end of life; producing models of good practice for the implementation of complex interventions. My health services research projects include an evaluation of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the dying patient; an all-Ireland evaluation of transition to adult services for young people with life-limiting conditions; and a feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial of advance care planning with older patients who have renal failure. Methodologically, I have published a number of realist evaluations and realist reviews drawn from mixed methods studies, as well as randomised controlled trials of complex interventions, and Cochrane reviews.

I am a member of the School's Research Ethics Committee

Current post-graduate supervision

Helen Kerr (PhD, thesis only)

Briege King (Doctorate in Nursing Practice)

Currently funded research projects for which I am principal investigator

Advance care planning with older patients who have end-stage kidney disease: Feasibility of a deferred entry randomised controlled trial incorporating a mixed methods process evaluation.

Dunhill Medical Trust (2016-2018)

CIs: 1. Professor Kevin Brazil; 2. Professor Mike Clarke; 3. Dr Helen Noble; 4. Dr Chris Cardwell; 5. Dr Fliss Murtagh; 6. Dr Rachael Morton; 7. Dr Damian Fogarty; 8. Joan Brown RN; 9. Dr Joanne Shields 

1-4. Queen’s University Belfast 5. King’s College London 6. The University of Sydney 7-9. Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Acceptability and usefulness of ‘My Healthcare Passport’ to young people with life-limiting conditions

Marie Curie Research Funding (2016-2018)

CIs: 1. Dr Dorry McLaughlin; 2. Dr Bronagh Byrne; 3. Miss Michaela Hollywood 4. Dr Jayne Price; 5. Dr Aine Abbott; 6. Professor Max Watson

1-2. Queen’s University Belfast; 3. Trailblazers, Muscular Dystrophy UK; 4. Kingston University, London; 5. Royal College of GPs NI; 6. University of Ulster

Transition to adult services by young people with life-limiting conditions
HSC R&D Office/All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care (2013- 2016)

CIs: 1. Dr Jayne Price; 2. Dr Honor Nichol
1. Kingston University, London; 2. Trinity College Dublin

Completed funded research projects

Lohan M, O’Halloran P, Henderson M (2013) How to reduce teenage pregnancy in Northern Ireland?
A movie-based educational approach.
ESRC follow-on grant

McConnell T, O’Halloran P, Donnelly M, Porter S (2012) Realistic evaluation of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the dying patient
Department of Education and Learning studentship

Higgins A, O’Halloran P, Porter S (2012) Realistic evaluation of the management of long-term sickness absence in three Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. £129,807
HPSS R&D Office Doctoral Fellowship

O’Halloran P, Murray M, Chisakuta A, Cardwell CR, Blackwood B.(2011) Protocolized versus non-protocolized weaning for reducing the duration of mechanical ventilation in critically ill paediatric patients
HPSS R&D Office Cochrane Fellowship

Lohan M, O’Halloran P, Alderdice F, Hyde A (2010) Ready to reproduce? Teenage men’s attitudes and decision-making in relation to an unplanned pregnancy
Crisis Pregnancy Agency, Dublin



Director, Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Module coordinator: Health care evaluation (Doctorate in Nursing Practice); Applied research methods and statistics (Masters); Principles of cardiac surgery intensive care nursing (post registration); Multisystem issues in cardiac surgery intensive care (post registration)

Other teaching: Evidence based nursing (undergraduate)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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