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



Ethnic Variation in Breastfeeding and Complimentary Feeding in the Republic of Ireland
May 2, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, John Kearney
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life


Who Feels Inferior? A Test of the Status Anxiety Hypothesis of Social Inequalities in Health
April 30, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Christopher T Whelan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Impact of Changes in Educational Attainment on Life Expectancy in Ireland
April 7, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: John FitzGerald, David Byrne
Research Area: Education | Migration, Integration and Demography


Work-life Conflict in Europe
March 7, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Over 50s in a Changing Ireland: Economic Circumstances, Health and Well-Being
January 29, 2014

Authors: Anne Nolan, Claire O'Regan , Cara Dooley , Doireann Wallace , Ann Hever , Hilary Cronin ...
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Social Class Variation in the Predictors of Rapid Growth in Infancy and Obesity at Age 3 Years
January 28, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Annemarie Bennett , Cathal McCrory , John Kearney
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Cancer Incidence and Mortality due to Alcohol: An Analysis of 10-Year Data
December 22, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Triona McCarthy, Louise Mullen , David Byrne , J Martin
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Keeping Them in the Game: Taking Up and Dropping Out of Sport and Exercise in Ireland
December 18, 2013 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly , Nick Fitzpatrick
Research Area: Children and Young People | Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Usage of Generics in Ireland: Recent Trends and Policy Developments
December 16, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Aoife Brick, Paul Gorecki , Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Influence of Ethnicity on Breastfeeding Rates in Ireland: a Cross-sectional Study
December 13, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Catherine Hayes, John Browne , Richard Layte , Udo Reulbach
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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