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



Job stress and working conditions: Ireland in comparative perspective — An analysis of the European Working Conditions survey
November 27, 2018 | ESRI Research Series

Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Cover of RB201825 How many beds? Capacity implications of hospital care demand projections in the Irish hospital system, 2015‐2030
November 14, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Conor Keegan, Aoife Brick , Brendan Walsh , Adele Bergin , James Eighan , Maev-Ann Wren
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Expected widowhood duration varies with socio-economic status
November 8, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Sanna Nivakoski, Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Cover image of the International Journal of Health Planning and Management How many beds? Capacity implications of hospital care demand projections in the Irish hospital system, 2015‐2030
October 2, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Conor Keegan, Aoife Brick , Brendan Walsh , Adele Bergin , James Eighan , Maev-Ann Wren
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Economics of dementia: A review of methods
September 19, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Sheelah Connolly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Playing senior inter-county Gaelic games: experiences, realities and consequences
September 18, 2018 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Elish Kelly, Joanne Banks , Seamus McGuinness , Dorothy Watson
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Cover for Economics and Human Biology The Value of Education to Health: Evidence from Ireland
August 13, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Yuanyuan Ma, Anne Nolan , James P. Smith
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Switching benefits and costs in the Irish health insurance market: an analysis of consumer surveys
July 16, 2018 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Conor Keegan, Conor Teljeur , Brian Turner , Steve Thomas
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The buffering role of the family in the relationship between job loss and self-perceived health: Longitudinal results from Europe, 2004–2011
June 28, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Giulia Tattarini, Raffaele Grotti , Stefani Scherer
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


front cover of JA201824 The effect of a training programme on school nurses’ knowledge, attitudes, and depression recognition skills: The QUEST cluster randomised controlled trial
May 17, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Mark Haddad, Vanessa Pinfold , Tamsin Ford , Brendan Walsh , Andre Tylee
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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