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



Unmet healthcare needs in Ireland
June 2, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Sheelah Connolly, Maev-Ann Wren
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The impact of transitions in insurance coverage on GP visiting among children in Ireland
May 31, 2017 | Journal Article

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


Measuring healthcare expenditure: different methods, different results
May 31, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Conor Keegan, Sheelah Connolly , Maev-Ann Wren
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Risk-taking and accidents on Irish farms: an analysis of the 2013 Health and Safety Authority survey
May 24, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Dorothy Watson, Oona Kenny , Bertrand Maître , Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Golf in Ireland: a statistical analysis of participation
May 22, 2017 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Addressing market segmentation and incentives for risk selection: How well does risk equalisation in the Irish private health insurance market work?
May 12, 2017 | ESRI Research Bulletin

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


Unmet healthcare needs in Ireland: Analysis using the EU-SILC survey
April 30, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Sheelah Connolly, Maev-Ann Wren
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Costs of formal and informal care in the last year of life for patients in receipt of specialist palliative care
April 1, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Aoife Brick, Samantha Smith , Charles Normand , Sinéad O'Hara , Elsa Droog , Ella Tyrrell ...
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Addressing market segmentation and incentives for risk selection: How well does risk equalisation in the Irish private health insurance market work?
March 23, 2017 | Journal Article

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


Health insurance and healthcare utilisation and screening
March 7, 2017 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Patrick Moore, Siobhan Scarlett , Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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