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



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


Changes in Public Healthcare Entitlement and Healthcare Utilisation among the Older Population in Ireland
October 27, 2016

Authors: Anne Nolan, Yuanyuan Ma , Patrick Moore
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Front cover of report Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders and Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Ireland: Evidence from the QNHS 2002–2013
October 20, 2016 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Helen Russell, Bertrand Maître , Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Front cover of European Journal of Public Health Variation in Induction of Labour Rates across Irish Hospitals; a Cross-sectional Study
October 1, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Sarah-Jo Sinnott, Richard Layte , Aoife Brick , Michael J Turner
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Switching Insurer in the Irish Voluntary Health Insurance Market: Determinants, Incentives, and Risk Equalization
September 28, 2016 | Journal Article

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


Socio-economic Differentials in Male Mortality in Ireland 1984-2008
September 21, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Technical Paper on Measurement of Multidimensional Quality of Life in Ireland
July 13, 2016 |

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître , Christopher T Whelan , Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Front cover of Journal Toward appropriate criteria in medication adherence assessment in older persons: Position Paper
June 30, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Anna Giardini, Maria Teresa Martin , Caitriona Cahir , Elaine Lehane , Enrica Menditto , Maria Strano ...
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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