Peter O'Halloran

    Peter O'Halloran

    Senior Lecturer

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 2490

    For media contact email
    or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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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)

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

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

    Frequent Journals

    • International Journal of Nursing Studies

      ISSNs: 0020-7489

      Elsevier Limited

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.32 SJR 1.556 SNIP 2.31


    • Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online)

      ISSNs: 1469-493X, 1361-6137

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-493X

      John Wiley and Sons Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.58 SJR 1.609 SNIP 1.628


    • Journal of Advanced Nursing

      ISSNs: 0309-2402

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2648


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.66 SJR 1.007 SNIP 1.416


    • Palliative Medicine

      ISSNs: 0269-2163

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-030X

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.03 SJR 2.029 SNIP 2.011


    • BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care

      ISSNs: 2045-4368, 2045-435X

      BMJ Publishing Group

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.05 SJR 1.187 SNIP 1.175


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