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



Golf in Ireland: a statistical analysis of participation
May 22, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

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


Addressing market segmentation and incentives for risk selection: How well does risk equalisation in the Irish private health insurance market work?
May 12, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Conor Keegan, Conor Teljeur , Brian Turner , Steve Thomas
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Unmet healthcare needs in Ireland: Analysis using the EU-SILC survey
April 30, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Sheelah Connolly, Maev-Ann Wren
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Costs of formal and informal care in the last year of life for patients in receipt of specialist palliative care
April 1, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Aoife Brick, Samantha Smith , Charles Normand , Sinéad O'Hara , Elsa Droog , Ella Tyrrell ...
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Addressing market segmentation and incentives for risk selection: How well does risk equalisation in the Irish private health insurance market work?
March 23, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Conor Keegan, Conor Teljeur , Brian Turner , Steve Thomas
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Health insurance and healthcare utilisation and screening
March 7, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Patrick Moore, Siobhan Scarlett , Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


An approach to estimating the effects of financing system change on Irish healthcare expenditure
February 15, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Maev-Ann Wren, Sheelah Connolly , Nathan Cunningham
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Recent Trends in Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section
December 13, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Aoife Brick, Richard Layte , M Farren , S R Sheehan , R Mahony , Michael J Turner
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Palliative Care Interventions in Advanced Dementia
December 2, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Edel Murphy, Katherine Froggatt , Sheelah Connolly , Eamon O'Shea , Elizabeth Sampson , Dympna Casey ...
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Impact of laparoscopic versus open surgery on hospital costs for colon cancer: a population-based retrospective cohort study
November 3, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Mauro Laudicella, Brendan Walsh , Aruna Munasinghe , Omar Faiz
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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