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Dr Sonia Dalkin

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Sonia Dalkin is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences at the University of Northumbria, England. She is also a member of Fuse (the centre for translational research in public health). Sonia has specific interests in palliative care, health inequalities and complex interventions. These subjects require a diverse methodology with an emphasis on mixed methods, realist and soft systems approaches. Accordingly, Sonia has significant experience in realist approaches, providing training in the approach throughout the UK and internationally. Her work portfolio reflects her realist experience with projects in palliative care, end-of-life care and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). 

Campus Address

H005, Coach Lane Campus East


Health PhD January 31 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Namaste Care in the home setting: Developing initial realist explanatory theories and uncovering unintended outcomes., Dalkin, S., Lhussier, M., Kendall, N., Atkinson, J., Tolman, S. 22 Jan 2020, In: BMJ Open
  • Community care for severely frail older people, Lhussier, M., Dalkin, S., Hetherington, R. 1 Mar 2019, In: International journal of older people nursing
  • Exposing the impact of intensive advice services on health, Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Hodgson, P., Lhussier, M., Philipson, P., Carr, S. 1 May 2019, In: Health & Social Care in the Community
  • Paramedic information needs in end-of-life care: a qualitative interview study exploring access to a shared electronic record as a potential solution, Patterson, B., Standing, H., Lee, M., Dalkin, S., Lhussier, M., Exley, C., Brittain, K. 5 Dec 2019, In: BMC Palliative Care
  • Care planning: what works, for whom and in what circumstances?, Brown, S., Lhussier, M., Dalkin, S., Eaton, S. 1 Dec 2018, In: Qualitative Health Research
  • Exploring the use of Soft Systems Methodology with realist approaches, Dalkin, S., Lhussier, M., Williams, L., Burton, C., Rycroft-Malone, J. 19 Jan 2018, In: Evaluation
  • How do aggregated patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) data stimulate health care improvement? A realist synthesis, Greenhalgh, J., Dalkin, S., Gibbons, E., Wright, J., Valderas, J., Meads, D., Black, N. 1 Jan 2018, In: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
  • How do patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) support clinician-patient communication and patient care? A realist synthesis, Greenhalgh, J., Gooding, K., Gibbons, E., Dalkin, S., Wright, J., Valderas, J., Black, N. 15 Sep 2018, In: Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Open communication strategies between a triad of ‘experts’ facilitates Death in Usual Place of Residence: A realist evaluation, Dalkin, S., Lhussier, M., Jones, A., Philipson, P., Cunningham, W. 1 May 2018, In: Palliative Medicine
  • Citizens Advice services as buffer between inflexible state agencies and disadvantaged individuals: a realist investigation, Hodgson, P., Dalkin, S., Forster, N., Lhussier, M., Carr, S. 4 Apr 2017

PGR Supervision

  • Peter Dryden Start: 03/01/2019
  • Andrew Bailey Start: 02/01/2020


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