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Chronic Illness and Palliative Care



Dr O’Halloran’s 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.

Projects include an all-Ireland realist evaluation of transition to adult services for young people with life-limiting conditions; a realist evaluation of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the dying patient; and a feasibility study for a randomised controlled trial of advance care planning with older patients who have renal failure.

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Dr O'Halloran is open to PhD applications in the fields of;

  • Palliative care

  • Chronic illness

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Peter O'Halloran

Dr O'Halloran is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 






  • Associate Member of the National Institute for Health Research, Health Services & Delivery Research Board
  • Health & Social Care Research & Development (HSC R&D) Doctoral Fellowship Evaluation Panel Member
  • Chairperson, Northern Ireland Palliative Care Research Forum



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Chronic Illness And Palliative Care Research Initiative

Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation


Research students

PhD Title: An exploration of symptom burden and its management in Saudi Arabian patients receiving haemodialysis, and their carers: a mixed methods study

Name: Bushra Alshammari
Years of Study: 2016 - 2019
Country: Saudi Arabia

PhD Title: End of life care: a dignified response

Name: Gary Toman
Years of Study: 2011 - 2018
Country: Republic of Ireland

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Helen Kerr

PhD Title: Transition to adult services by young adults with life-limiting conditions in Ireland: a realist evaluation using mixed methods (TASYL study)

Years of Study: 2013-2016
Country: United Kingdom
Current position: Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Angela Higgins

PhD Title: Realistic Evaluation of the Management of Long-Term Sickness Absence in Three Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland

Years of Study: 2008 - 2011
Country: UK
Current position: Deputy Head of Occupational Health, Northern Health and Social Services Trust

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