Health and Quality of Life

Research in this area addresses complex policy issues critical to improving population health outcomes and promoting quality of life for people in Ireland. A team of multidisciplinary researchers provide policymakers with reliable data and analysis to inform the development of effective policy responses to the most pressing issues facing the healthcare system today.

Key issues addressed include the necessity of devising appropriate financing models to deliver high-quality care and identifying the causes of persistent inequalities in healthcare outcomes across socioeconomic groups. Research also focuses on informing sustainable, cost-effective responses to the 21st Century challenges of a growing and ageing population and rapidly changing technologies in the healthcare sector.

For decades, researchers at the ESRI have conducted analysis dedicated to shaping more effective policy on health and quality of life and have produced publications on a wide range of significant topics. Recent publications in this area have addressed issues such as the costs of universal health insurance, workplace safety and utilisation of healthcare services by older people.


Main Publications in Health and Quality of Life Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Explaining the Increase in Breastfeeding at Hospital Discharge in Ireland, 2004-2010
September 8, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Aoife Brick, Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Obesity Levels in a National Cohort of Women Nine Months Postpartum
August 30, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Paediatric Chronic Illness and Educational Failure: the Role of Emotional and Behavioural Problems
August 29, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Cathal McCrory
Research Area: Education | Health and Quality of Life


International Variation in Caesarean Section Rates and Maternal Obesity
July 30, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Vicky O'Dwyer, Richard Layte , Clare O'Connor , Nadine Farah
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Sexual Risk-taking at Home and on Holidays: the Importance of Context for the Late Application of Condoms
July 10, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Cousins, Richard Layte , Roger Ingham , Hannah McGee
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Evidence on the Cost and Cost-effectiveness of Palliative Care: A Literature Review
July 9, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Samantha Smith, Aoife Brick , Charles Normand
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Unemployment, Gender and Mental Health: The Role of the Gender Regime
June 30, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Anne Hammarstrom, Karina Nilsson , Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Ireland: Pharmaceutical Prices, Prescribing Practices and Usage of Generics in a Comparative Context
June 27, 2013 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Aoife Brick, Paul Gorecki , Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Does Pregnancy Offer Us a Chance to Reduce Obesity in Ireland?
June 10, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Richard Layte
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Future Cost of Stroke in Ireland: an Analysis of the Potential Impact of Demographic Change and Implementation of Evidence-based Therapies
May 31, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Samantha Smith, Frances Horgan , Eithne Sexton , Seamus Cowman , Anne Hickey , Peter Kelly ...
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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