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Sonia Dalkin

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education & 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


PhD, MSc, BSc

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Public Health
  • Primary care
  • Palliative care
  • End-of-life care
  • Complex interventions
  • Health inequalities
  • Realist methods
  • Mixed methods
  • Soft systems methodology

Current/Recent Projects

  • Functionality and feedback: a realist synthesis of the collation, interpretation and utilisation of PROMs data to improve patient care, National Institute for Health Research, 01.02.2014. Research Fellow.
  • Exposing the impact of advice services on health and inequalities: A realist evaluation protocol, School for Public Health Research, 01.05.2015. Day to day project manager.

PGR Supervision

Sarah Wilmot: A realist evaluation of care planning in multimorbidities: what works, for whom and in what circumstances?

Key Publications

DALKIN, S., GREENHALGH, G., JONES, D., CUNNINGHAM, B. & LHUSSIER, M. 2015. What’s in a mechanism? Development of a key concept in realist evaluation. Implementation Science 10.

DALKIN, S. 2014. The Realist Evaluation of a Palliative Integrated Care Pathway in Primary Care: What Works, For Whom and in What Circumstances? Doctor of Philiosophy Northumbria University.

GREENHALGH, G., PAWSON, P., WRIGHT, J., BLACK, N., VALDERAS, J., MEADS, D., GIBBONS, E., WOOD, L., WOOD, C., MILLS, C. & DALKIN, S. 2014. Functionality and feedback: a protocol for a realist synthesis of the collation, interpretation and utilisation of PROMs data to improve patient care. BMJ Open, 4.

LOUCH, G., DALKIN, S., BODANSKY, J. & CONNER, M. 2013. An exploratory randomised controlled trial using short messaging service to facilitate insulin administration in young adults with type 1 diabetes. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 18, 166–174.

DALKIN, S. M., JONES, D., LHUSSIER, M. & CUNNINGHAM, B. 2012. Understanding integrated care pathways in palliative care using realist evaluation: a mixed methods study protocol. BMJ Open, 2.

Further Information

To view my full list of publications, please click here.


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