Research Profile

Kieran Dalton

Biography

Dr. Kieran Dalton has worked as a full-time lecturer in clinical pharmacy practice in the School of Pharmacy, UCC since January 2019.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree from University College Cork in 2013 and completed a Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2014 whilst working in Sligo University Hospital, achieving First-Class Honours in both.

After completing the MPharm, Kieran worked as a hospital pharmacist in Sligo until May 2016, at which point he commenced his doctoral research in the School of Pharmacy, UCC. His PhD investigated the factors affecting the optimisation of medication appropriateness in hospitalised older adults.

During his PhD, Kieran worked as a primary researcher on the SENATOR project (https://www.senator-project.eu/the-project/), which received €5.938 million in funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement number 305930. As part of this project, Kieran collaborated with clinical colleagues in Madrid, Aberdeen, Reykjavik, Ghent, and Ancona on a cluster randomised controlled trial of a software intervention aimed at minimising adverse drug reactions in acutely ill hospitalised older patients. Kieran continues to conduct research and publish the findings in the area of pharmacotherapy optimisation in older adults.

As part of his current role, Kieran is involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the BPharm/MPharm, MSc (Clinical Pharmacy) degree, and the Certificate in Nurse Prescribing in UCC. He also teaches undergraduate pharmacy students from Future University in Egypt – which is an affiliated institution of UCC.

Research Interests

One of my primary research interests is in the area of potentially inappropriate prescribing in hospitalised older adults; with a focus on the behavioral determinants influencing prescribing optimisation. I have published research on the use of computerised interventions designed to improve prescribing and hospitalised older patient outcomes.

Aligned with this, I have investigated the factors affecting the uptake of hospital pharmacist recommendations by physicians with the aim of informing the advancement of the pharmacist role to include prescribing activities. Other research interests include assessing the communication skills of pharmacy students, as well as emerging role of pharmacists in general practice settings.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2020)'Computer-generated STOPP/START recommendations for hospitalised older adults: evaluation of the relationship between clinical relevance and rate of implementation in the SENATOR trial'
Dalton K; Curtin D; O'Mahony D; Byrne S (2020) 'Computer-generated STOPP/START recommendations for hospitalised older adults: evaluation of the relationship between clinical relevance and rate of implementation in the SENATOR trial'. Age and Ageing,   [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'Factors Affecting Prescriber Implementation of Computer-Generated Medication Recommendations in the SENATOR Trial: A Qualitative Study'
Dalton K; O'Mahony D; Cullinan S; Byrne S (2020) 'Factors Affecting Prescriber Implementation of Computer-Generated Medication Recommendations in the SENATOR Trial: A Qualitative Study'. Drugs & Aging, [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'Prevention of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized older patients with multi-morbidity and polypharmacy: the SENATOR* randomized controlled clinical trial'
O'Mahony D; Gudmundsson A; Soiza R; Petrovic M; Cruz-Jentoft AJ; Cherubini A; Fordham R; Byrne S; Dahly D; Gallagher P; Lavan A; Curtin D; Dalton K; Cullinan S; Flanagan E; Shiely F; Samuelsson O; Sverrisdottir A; Subbarayan S; Vandaele L; Meireson E; Montero-Errasquin B; Rexach-Cano A; Correa Perez A; Lozano-Montoya I; Vélez-Díaz-Pallarés M; Cerenzia A; Corradi S; Ferreiro MSC; Dimitri F; Marinelli P; Martelli G; Khioe RFS; Eustace J (2020) 'Prevention of adverse drug reactions in hospitalized older patients with multi-morbidity and polypharmacy: the SENATOR* randomized controlled clinical trial'. Age and Ageing,   [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Interventions to improve reporting of medication errors in hospitals: A systematic review and narrative synthesis'
Gleeson L; Dalton K; O'Mahony D; Byrne S (2019) 'Interventions to improve reporting of medication errors in hospitals: A systematic review and narrative synthesis'. Research In Social And Administrative Pharmacy, [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'The Patient-Held Active Record of Medication Status (PHARMS) study: A mixed-methods feasibility analysis'
Walsh E.;Sahm L.;Bradley C.;Dalton K.;O'Sullivan K.;McCarthy S.;Connolly E.;Fitzgerald C.;Smithson W.;Kerins D.;Byrne D.;Kearney P. (2019) 'The Patient-Held Active Record of Medication Status (PHARMS) study: A mixed-methods feasibility analysis'. British Journal of General Practice, 69 (682):E345-E355 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Pharmacist-led academic detailing intervention in primary care: a mixed methods feasibility study'
O'Riordan, David; Hurley, Eimir; Sinnott, Carol; Galvin, Rose; Dalton, Kieran; Kearney, Patricia M.; Halpin, James D.; Byrne, Stephen (2019) 'Pharmacist-led academic detailing intervention in primary care: a mixed methods feasibility study'. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, :1-9   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2019)'Prescriber implementation of STOPP/START recommendations for hospitalised older adults: a comparison of a pharmacist approach and a physician approach'
Dalton, Kieran; O’Mahony, Denis; O’Sullivan, David; O’Connor, Marie N.; Byrne, Stephen (2019) 'Prescriber implementation of STOPP/START recommendations for hospitalised older adults: a comparison of a pharmacist approach and a physician approach'. Drugs & Aging, :1-10   [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'The PHARMS (Patient Held Active Record of Medication Status) feasibility study: a research proposal'
Walsh E;Sahm LJ;Kearney PM;Smithson H;Kerins DM;Ngwa C;Fitzgerald C;Mc Carthy S;Connolly E;Dalton K;Byrne D;Carey M;Bradley C; (2018) 'The PHARMS (Patient Held Active Record of Medication Status) feasibility study: a research proposal'. BMC Research Notes, 11 (1) [DOI] [Full Text] [Details]
(2018)'Computerised interventions designed to reduce potentially inappropriate prescribing in hospitalised older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis'
Dalton K;O'Brien G;O'Mahony D;Byrne S; (2018) 'Computerised interventions designed to reduce potentially inappropriate prescribing in hospitalised older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis'. Age and Ageing, 47 (5) [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Role of the pharmacist in reducing healthcare costs: current insights'
Dalton K;Byrne S; (2017) 'Role of the pharmacist in reducing healthcare costs: current insights'. Integrated Pharmacy Research & Practice, 6 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2020)Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference 2020
Dalton K; Fleming A; O'Mahony D; Byrne S (2020) Factors affecting physician implementation of hospital pharmacists’ medication appropriateness recommendations in older adults Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference 2020 [DOI] [Details]
(2020)Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management (PRIMM) Conference 2020
Gleeson L; Dalton K; O'Mahony D; Byrne S (2020) Interventions to improve medication error reporting in hospitals: A systematic review Prescribing and Research in Medicines Management (PRIMM) Conference 2020 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference 2019
Dalton K; Curtin D; O'Mahony D; Byrne S (2019) Evaluation of the clinical relevance of computer-generated STOPP/START recommendations for hospitalised older adults Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference 2019 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference 2019
Dalton K; O'Mahony D; Cullinan S; Byrne S (2019) Factors affecting prescriber implementation of computer-generated medication recommendations in the SENATOR trial - a qualitative study Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference 2019 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference 2018
Dalton K; O'Mahony D; O'Sullivan D; O'Connor MN; Byrne S (2018) Prescriber acceptance of STOPP/START recommendations for hospitalised older adults: pharmacist versus physician – secondary analysis of data from two randomised controlled trials Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference 2018 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference 2018
O'Riordan D; Hurley E; Sinnott C; Galvin R; Dalton K; Kearney PM; Halpin JD; Byrne S (2018) Evaluating the feasibility of an academic detailing intervention with GPs in primary care: a mixed methods study Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice Conference 2018 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)86th Meeting of the European General Practice Research Network
Walsh E; Kearney PM; Sahm L; Dalton K; Fitzgerald C; McCarthy S; Connolly E; Smithson H; Byrne D; Bradley C (2018) The Patient Held Active Record of Medication Status (PHARMS) Feasibility Study 86th Meeting of the European General Practice Research Network   [Details]
(2017)Annual & Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society 2017
Dalton K; O'Brien G; O'Mahony D; Byrne S (2017) Computerised Medication Analysis Designed to Minimise Inappropriate Prescribing in Older Hospitalised Patients: A Systematic Review Annual & Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society 2017 [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2019'Best Oral Presentation' Health Services Research & Pharmacy Practice Conference
2018Travel Bursary Graduate School of the College of Medicine & Health, UCC

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland MPSI28-NOV-14 /

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
School of Pharmacy - MSc (Clinical Pharmacy) Board Member2019 /
School of Pharmacy Board Member2019 /
Pharmacy Education Research Group Member2018 /
Postgraduate Student Committee of the College of Medicine and Health Chairperson2017 / 2019

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy Practice02-JAN-19 /
University College Cork PhD Scholar23-MAY-16 / 21-OCT-19
SENATOR Project Research Pharmacist23-MAY-16 / 25-MAY-18
Sligo University Hospital Pharmacist28-NOV-14 / 13-MAY-16
Sligo University Hospital Intern Pharmacist17-SEP-13 / 27-NOV-14

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2019University College Cork PhDPharmacy
2016Trinity College Postgraduate Diploma: Cardiology in Clinical Pharmacy PracticeClinical Pharmacy
2014Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland MPharmPharmacy
2013University College Cork BPharmPharmacy

Outreach Activities

 Description

Regular promotion of the pharmacy profession at UCC and School of Pharmacy at career exhibition fairs for secondary school students and their parents/guardians.

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Age And Ageing Referee-
Drugs & Aging Referee-
Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland) Referee-
European Journal Of Clinical Pharmacology Referee-

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I teach across a range of healthcare disciplines, and continually promote the importance of the pharmacy profession. I thoroughly enjoy my role as an educator, and find it very rewarding to observe students' development in their knowledge and skills over the years in UCC.  

When teaching pharmacy students, I aim to equip them with key graduate skills and attributes in order to prepare them for ever-evolving pharmacist roles. I am involved in the facilitation of group-based interdisciplinary learning sessions between pharmacy students and medical students in the Mercy University Hospital, Cork with real patient cases as a joint venture with the School of Medicine, UCC to help overcome interprofessional barriers and encourage collaborative lifelong learning.

At an undergraduate level for pharmacy students, I am a strong advocate for the provision of timely face-to-face feedback to enhance students' knowledge, skills, and attributes to become competent pharmacists in line with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) Core Competency Framework. In particular, I routinely use 'simulated patients' to increase patient-centred learning, followed by feedback to show exemplary pharmacist behaviours.

However, I also value the importance in receiving feedback from students in order to continually improve my teaching and assessment. Furthermore, I am a member of the Pharmacy Education Research Group in the School of Pharmacy.

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Professor Stephen Byrne School of Pharmacy, UCCIRELAND
Dr Suzanne McCarthy School of Pharmacy, UCCIRELAND
Dr Aoife Fleming School of Pharmacy, UCCIRELAND
Professor Denis O'Mahony Cork University Hospital; School of Medicine, UCCIRELAND

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