Sonja Mc Ilfatrick

Professor, Professor of Nursing and Palliative Care

  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 950 Citations
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Professor Sonja McIlfatrick is a Professor in Nursing and Palliative Care and the Head of School of Nursing at Ulster University.  She is an experienced clinical academic with over twenty years’ experience in nursing and palliative care practice, education and research. Within her previous role as the Head of Research for the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (2011-2014) she led the establishment of the All Ireland Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN), which included the establishment of priorities for palliative care research across the island of Ireland.  Sonja has published widely in academic and professional journals with over 150 research outputs and publications and has a successful history of grant acquisition, securing over 4 million pounds.  Professor Mcilfatrick is an internationally recognized leader in palliative care research and has been invited to deliver presentations at key national and international events. She is appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Maribor, Slovenia, University of Chiba, Japan and University of Technology, Sydney working with the Centre for Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT). She has served on numerous international research-funding boards, such as German Government research funding panel, and is a current member of the Marie Curie UK Funding Research Committee. She is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, is a UK Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Council of Deans for Health, UK. Sonja also has a keen interest in doctoral education, serving as the current President of the International Network of Doctoral Education in Nursing (INDEN). Her current research interests include, palliative care in chronic illness, management of clinical symptoms; decision making at end of life; and public health approach to palliative care

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Palliative Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Nurses Medicine & Life Sciences
Caregivers Medicine & Life Sciences
Delivery of Health Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Ireland Medicine & Life Sciences
Terminal Care Medicine & Life Sciences
Dementia Medicine & Life Sciences
Constipation Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

A Systematic Review of International Palliative Care Research Priorities and a Thematic Synthesis of Findings

Hasson, F., Nicholson, E., Muldrew, D., Payne, S. & McIlfatrick, S. J., 21 May 2019, In : Palliative Medicine. EAPC Abstracts

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
Palliative Care
Continuity of Patient Care
1 Citation (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Examining constipation assessment and management of patients with advanced cancer receiving specialist palliative care: A multi-site retrospective case note review of clinical practice

McIlfatrick, S. J., Muldrew, D., Beck, E. R., Carduff, E., Clarke, M., Finucane, A., Graham-Wisener, L., Larkin, P. J., McCorry, N., Slater, P. F. & Hasson, F., 15 Jul 2019, In : BMC Palliative Care. 18, 1, p. 1-10 10 p., 57.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Palliative Care
3 Downloads (Pure)

Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) functionality: Patient and family information for advanced decision-making

Hill, L., McIlfatrick, S. J., Taylor, B., Dixon, L. & Fitzsimons, D., 26 Nov 2019, In : BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. 18 p., e001835.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Implantable Defibrillators
Decision Making
Equipment and Supplies
Medical Records
Open Access
Nursing Methodology Research
Palliative Care
Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing
Nursing Research
1 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Palliative Care