Inequalities in access to GP care in Ireland: an analysis using longitudinal data
This project, funded by the Health Research Board, will use data from Growing up in Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) to investigate the determinants of GP utilisation, focussing on the role of individual characteristics such as health status, public healthcare eligibility and socio-economic status as well as supply-side factors such as distance to health facilities.
As TILDA also includes information on both subjective and objective indicators of various health conditions such as hypertension and high cholesterol, the research will also examine the factors determining the probability of being undiagnosed or unaware of these conditions. The aim is to provide practical evidence for policymakers and health practitioners seeking to ensure that healthcare resources are directed to those most in need of healthcare.
Rose Anne Kenny, Professor, Trinity College Dublin