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



Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care in Ireland
August 13, 2015

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


The Lasting Legacy of Childhood Adversity for Disease Risk in Later Life
July 25, 2015 | Journal Article

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


The United Kingdom
June 26, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Gwyn Bevan, Sheelah Connolly , Nick Mays
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Perceived Benefits of Participating in Voluntary Activities Among Older People: Do They Differ by Volunteer Characteristics?
June 24, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Sheelah Connolly, Eamon O'Shea
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Feeling Balanced? Perceived Work-life Balance and Working Conditions in Europe
June 22, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Helen Russell, Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Trends and Patterns in Occupational Health and Safety in Ireland
May 14, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

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


Participation in School Sport and Post-School Pathways
May 6, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills


Participation in School Sport and Post-School Pathways: Evidence from Ireland
May 2, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Smoking Outside: the Effect of the Irish Workplace Smoking Ban on Smoking Prevalence among the Employed
April 30, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Michael Savage
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Contextualising Ageing in Ireland
March 25, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Sheelah Connolly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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