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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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Projects 2011 2017

Research Output 2004 2019

Open Access
Young Adult
Cross-Sectional Studies
Open Access
Renal Dialysis
Chronic Renal Insufficiency
Saudi Arabia
3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Confidence Intervals
Quality of Life
Health Status
Open Access
Personal Health Records
Library Science
Delivery of Health Care
2 Citations (Scopus)

Advance care planning with patients who have end-stage kidney disease a systematic realist review

O'Halloran, P., Noble, H., Norwood, K., Maxwell, P., Shields, J., Fogarty, D., Murtagh, F., Morton, R. & Brazil, K., 16 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Advance Care Planning
Chronic Kidney Failure
Delivery of Health Care
Advance Directives
Life Expectancy


Health & Social Care R&D Doctoral Fellowships

Peter O'Halloran (Recipient), Sep 1999

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Three year full time Doctoral Fellowship

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

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Hospice Care
Health Services Research
Palliative Care
Public Health

Activities 1999 2018

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

Health and Social Care (Northern Ireland) Research and Development (External organisation)

Peter O'Halloran (Member)
17 Jan 2017

Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

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

Rachel House Children's Hospice Association Scotland

Helen Kerr (Speaker), Honor Nicholl (Advisor), Jayne Price (Advisor), Peter O'Halloran (Advisor)
20 Feb 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), Chris 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