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



Health Economics — An International Perspective
May 27, 2013

Authors: Barbara McPake, Charles Normand , Samantha Smith
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Using HIPE data for Research and Audit: Critical Factors for Success
May 22, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Miriam Wiley
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Weight, Body Image and Bullying in 9-year-Old Children
April 17, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Udo Reulbach, Elizabeth Nixon , Mona O'Moore , James Williams , Tom O'Dowd
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Effect of Pregnancy Intention on Maternal Prenatal Behaviours and Parent and Child Health: Results of an Irish Cohort Study
February 13, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Cathal McCrory, Sinead McNally
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Swimming in Ireland: A Statistical Analysis
January 29, 2013

Authors: Elish Kelly, Pete Lunn
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Perinatal Statistics Report 2011
December 20, 2012 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Health System Responses to Financial Pressures in Ireland: Policy Options in an International Context
November 23, 2012

Editors: Matthew Jowett , Philipa Mladovsky
Authors: Matthew Jowett, Philipa Mladovsky , Tamas Evetovits , Josep Figueras , Anne Nolan , Charles Normand
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Activity in Acute Public Hospitals in Ireland, 2011 Annual Report
November 13, 2012 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy and Child Well-Being: A Burning Issue
November 12, 2012 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Smoking and Childhood Behavioural Problems: A Quasi-experimental Approach
November 12, 2012 | Journal Article

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


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