Inequalities in Access to GP Care in Ireland: An Analysis using Longitudinal Data

Authors: Alan Barrett , Anne Nolan , Seán Lyons , Rose Anne Kenny

Research Areas: Health and Quality of Life

This three-year project, funded by the Health Research Board, due to begin in October 2014, 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.

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