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


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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)

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Research Output

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  • Anticipatory care planning intervention for older adults at risk of functional decline: study protocol for a primary care cluster feasibility randomised trial

    Brazil, K., Scott, D., Wallace, E., Clarke, M., Fahey, T., Gillespie, P., O'Halloran, P., Cardwell, C., Carter, G., McGlade, K. & Doyle, F., 11 Feb 2020, In : Trials. 21, 1, 10 p., 168.

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    Health & Social Care R&D Doctoral Fellowships

    O'Halloran, Peter (Recipient), Sep 1999

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Health and Social Care, Public Health Agency and All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care Doctoral Fellowship awarded

    Kerr , Helen (Recipient), Honor Nicholl (Recipient), Jayne Price (Recipient) & O'Halloran, Peter (Recipient), 01 Jan 2013

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    2nd International Research Seminar of the EAPC Research Network: Public Health Research in Palliative Care

    Helen Kerr (Speaker), , Kimberely Widger (Participant), , Geraldine Cullen-Dean (Participant), , Jayne Price (Participant), & Peter O'Halloran (Participant)

    17 Nov 202018 Nov 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Online learning versus blended learning for teaching the principles of clinical supervision to undergraduate nursing students

    Karen McCutcheon (Invited speaker), , Mary Traynor (Advisor), , Peter O'Halloran (Advisor), & Maria Lohan (Advisor)

    05 May 201809 May 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Association of Palliative Medicine (APM) Supportive and Palliative Care Conference

    Helen Kerr (Participant), , Honor Nicholl (Participant), , Jayne Price (Participant), & Peter O'Halloran (Participant)

    15 Mar 201816 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Irish Association of Palliative Care Annual Education and Research Seminar

    Helen Kerr (Speaker), , Honor Nicholl (Participant), , Jayne Price (Participant), & Peter O'Halloran (Participant)

    02 Feb 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    A Palliative Care Approach for People with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: Masterclass

    Helen Noble (Invited speaker), , Joanne Reid (Invited speaker), & Peter O'Halloran (Invited speaker)

    07 Dec 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Protocols that assist clinicians to wean critically ill patients from mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit (ICU)

    Bronagh Blackwood (Participant), Christopher Patterson (Participant), Linda Johnston (Participant), Fiona Alderdice (Participant), Christopher Cardwell (Participant), Peter O'Halloran (Participant) & Danny McAuley (Participant)

    Impact: Health Impact, Quality of Life Impact


    An exploration of symptom burden and its management in Saudi Arabian patients receiving haemodialysis, and their caregivers: A mixed methods study

    Author: Alshammari, B., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: O'Halloran, P. (Supervisor), Noble, H. (Supervisor) & McAneney, H. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy