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



The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Health System and Health in Ireland
January 28, 2015

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


Growing Up in Ireland: Maternal Health Behaviours and Child Growth in Infancy
January 15, 2015 |

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


The Economics of Dementia
December 23, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Paddy Gillespie, Sheelah Connolly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Economics of Disability: Insights from Irish Research
December 23, 2014

Editors: John Cullinan , Seán Lyons , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Biological Risk versus Socio-economic Advantage: Low Birth-weight, Multiple Births and Income Variations among Irish Infants Born following Fertility Treatments
December 19, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Aisling Murray
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Eligibility for Free GP Care and the Utilisation of GP Services by Children in Ireland
December 9, 2014

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


Developing a Country Typology for Analysing Quality of Life in Europe
November 26, 2014

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître , Gillian Kingston
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


A New Look at the Recession and Ireland’s Older People: The Emigration of Adult Children and the Mental Health of their Parents
November 4, 2014

Authors: Irene Mosca, Alan Barrett
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Acute Hospital, Community, and Indirect Costs of Stroke Associated With Atrial Fibrillation
October 30, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Niamh Hannon, Leslie Daly , Sean Murphy , Samantha Smith , Derek Hayden , Elizabeth Callaly ...
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Smoking Outside: the Effect of the Irish Workplace Smoking Ban on Smoking Prevalence among the Employed
October 13, 2014 | Journal Article

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


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