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



Front cover of The European Journal of Public Health Socioeconomic Differentials in Mortality by Cause of Death in the Republic of Ireland, 1984-2008
June 26, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Joanne Banks
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Front cover of Budget Perspectives paper Challenges in Achieving Universal Healthcare in Ireland
June 16, 2016 | Budget Perspectives

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


National Variation in Caesarean Section Rates: A Cross Sectional Study in Ireland
June 9, 2016 | Journal Article

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


Front cover of Social Science & Medicine Do Waiting Times affect Health Outcomes? Evidence from Coronary Bypass
May 30, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Giuseppe Moscelli, Luigi Siciliani , Valentina Tonei
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Social Disadvantage and Social Isolation Are Associated With a Higher Resting Heart Rate: Evidence From The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
May 20, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Cathal McCrory, Ciaran Finucane , Celia O'Hare , John Frewen , Hugh Nolan , Richard Layte
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Identifying the Determinants of Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy Medication taking Behaviour in Women with Stage I-III Breast Cancer: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
December 1, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Caitriona Cahir, Emer Guinan , Stephen U Dombrowski , Linda Sharp , Kathleen Bennett
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Journal cover Public Healthcare Eligibility and the Utilisation of GP Services by the Older Population in Ireland
November 27, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Eibhlin Hudson, Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


An Examination of the Potential Costs of Universal Health Insurance in Ireland
November 18, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

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


The Impact of the Crisis on the Health System and Health in Ireland
October 29, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Anne Nolan, Sarah Barry , Sara Burke , Stephen Thomas
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Workplace Risks and Worker Outcomes in Ireland from a Comparative Perspective: An Analysis of the European Working Conditions Survey, 2005 and 2010
October 1, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

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


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