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



Keeping Them in the Game: Taking Up and Dropping Out of Sport and Exercise in Ireland
December 18, 2013 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly , Nick Fitzpatrick
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Usage of Generics in Ireland: Recent Trends and Policy Developments
December 16, 2013 | Journal Article

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


The Influence of Ethnicity on Breastfeeding Rates in Ireland: a Cross-sectional Study
December 13, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Catherine Hayes, John Browne , Richard Layte , Udo Reulbach
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Activity in Acute Public Hospitals in Ireland, 2012 Annual Report
December 10, 2013 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Potential Role of Pay-for-Performance in Irish Healthcare
November 27, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Anne Nolan, Jacqueline O'Reilly , Samantha Smith , Aoife Brick
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Quality of Public Services: Irish Public Perceptions and Implications for Public Service Reform
November 27, 2013 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Perinatal Statistics Report 2012
November 19, 2013 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Effect of Breastfeeding on Neuro-Development in Infancy
November 12, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Cathal McCrory, Aisling Murray
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Growing Up in Ireland: Parenting and Infant Development
November 4, 2013 |

Authors: Elizabeth Nixon, Lorraine Swords , Aisling Murray
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life


The Length of Stay of In-Patient Stroke Discharges in Irish Acute Hospitals
September 27, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Conor Keegan, Samantha Smith
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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