Peter O'Halloran

      Dr Peter O'Halloran

      Senior Lecturer

      Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 2490

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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)

      Frequent Journals

      • International Journal of Nursing Studies

        ISSNs: 0020-7489

        Elsevier Limited

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.66 SJR 1.591 SNIP 2.438


      • Journal of Advanced Nursing

        ISSNs: 0309-2402

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2648


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.3 SJR 0.964 SNIP 1.464


      • Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online)

        ISSNs: 1469-493X, 1361-6137

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-493X

        John Wiley and Sons Ltd

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 6.46 SJR 3.114 SNIP 3.489


      • Palliative Medicine

        ISSNs: 0269-2163

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-030X

        SAGE Publications Ltd

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.29 SJR 1.771 SNIP 1.923


      • British Medical Journal

        ISSNs: 1756-1833, 0959-535X, 0959-8146, 0007-1447

        BMJ Publishing Group

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.49 SJR 2.687 SNIP 2.978


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