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Senior Research Officer
Maev-Ann Wren is joint Research Area Co-ordinator for Health and Quality of Life research at the ESRI. She is one of the lead researchers of a three-year programme of research, funded by the Department of Health, to provide evidence for the reform of the healthcare system, which commenced in July 2014. Specific projects in this programme will include: the economic assessment of different financing, organisational and eligibility models in terms of sustainability, efficiency, cost and effectiveness; and the development of models of the drivers of health and long-term care need and demand. Maev-Ann is also one of the lead researchers on a new Health Research Board-funded project, which will start in early 2015 and will analyse the need for and the supply and utilisation of health and social services by area and the effects of non-acute service supply on acute hospital utilisation in Ireland.
Maev-Ann has a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin (TCD), an MA in Economics from University College Dublin (UCD), and a BA in Economics and History from UCD. Her research interests include the effects of ageing on health and long-term care systems, drivers of health and long-term care utilisation and spending, the role of informal care in long-term care, the evolution of disability, the history of Irish health policy and of the health care system in Ireland, and the case for Irish health care reform.
Maev-Ann was lead researcher on the Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland project, which reported in September 2014. She worked as Special Advisor to Roisin Shortall T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care, from 2011 to 2012. With Professor A. Dale Tussing of Syracuse University, New York, she was commissioned in 2005 by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to review the Irish health care system and recommend reform. Their study was subsequently published as Tussing and Wren (2006) How Ireland Cares, New Island, Dublin. Her earlier book, Wren M.A (2003) Unhealthy State, New Island, Dublin, is a much-cited reference on the Irish health care system. Maev-Ann worked as a journalist for The Irish Times from 1980 to 2004 in posts including Economics Editor, columnist, editorial writer and Assistant Editor.
Her academic publications include: Wren et al (2014) Towards Earlier Discharge, Better Outcomes, Lower Cost: Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland, ESRI/IHF, Dublin, which is the final report of the Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland project; a collaborative study between Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast on modelling need for long-term care in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, published as Wren et al., (2012) Towards the Development of a Predictive Model of Long-Term Care Demand, TCD, Dublin; and analysis of long-term care needs in an ESRI/ Trinity College Dublin collaboration to study the effects of demographic change on the Irish health service, published as Wren M., (2009), Requirements for Long Term Care in Ireland to 2021, Chapter 6 of Layte et al, (2009) Report 3: Projecting the Impact of Demographic Change on the Demand for and Delivery of Healthcare in Ireland, ESRI Research Series 13, ESRI, Dublin.
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