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



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


Towards Earlier Discharge, Better Outcomes, Lower Cost: Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland
September 15, 2014

Authors: Maev-Ann Wren, Paddy Gillespie , Samantha Smith , Karen Kearns , Siobhan Crichton , David Parkin ...
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Childhood Sexual Abuse and Later-Life Economic Consequences
August 15, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett, Yumiko Kamiya
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Long-Term Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Incomes and Labour Force Status
August 15, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Alan Barrett, Yumiko Kamiya
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Health: Funding, Access and Efficiency
August 6, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Obesity in an Ageing Society: Implications for Health, Physical Function and Health Service Utilisation
July 18, 2014

Authors: Siobhan Leahy, Anne Nolan , Jean O'Connell , Rose Anne Kenny
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Understanding Emotional, Psychological and Mental Health (EPMH) Disability in Ireland: Factors Facilitating Social Inclusion
July 9, 2014

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Bertrand Maître
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


Maternal Country of Birth Differences in Breastfeeding at Hospital Discharge in Ireland
June 30, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Anne Nolan, Aoife Brick
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Income-related Inequity in the Use of GP Services by Children: a Comparison of Ireland and Scotland
May 8, 2014 | Journal Article

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


Ethnic Variation in Breastfeeding and Complimentary Feeding in the Republic of Ireland
May 2, 2014 | Journal Article

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


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