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



Social Disadvantage and Social Isolation Are Associated With a Higher Resting Heart Rate: Evidence From The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
May 20, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: Cathal McCrory, Ciaran Finucane , Celia O'Hare , John Frewen , Hugh Nolan , Richard Layte
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Identifying the Determinants of Adjuvant Hormonal Therapy Medication taking Behaviour in Women with Stage I-III Breast Cancer: a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
December 1, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Caitriona Cahir, Emer Guinan , Stephen U Dombrowski , Linda Sharp , Kathleen Bennett
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Journal cover Public Healthcare Eligibility and the Utilisation of GP Services by the Older Population in Ireland
November 27, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Eibhlin Hudson, Anne Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


An Examination of the Potential Costs of Universal Health Insurance in Ireland
November 18, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

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


The Impact of the Crisis on the Health System and Health in Ireland
October 29, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Anne Nolan, Sarah Barry , Sara Burke , Stephen Thomas
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Workplace Risks and Worker Outcomes in Ireland from a Comparative Perspective: An Analysis of the European Working Conditions Survey, 2005 and 2010
October 1, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

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


Trends in Socio-Economic Inequalities in Mortality by Sex in Ireland from the 1980s to the 2000s
September 26, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Layte, Joanne Banks , Cathal Walsh , Grainne McKnight
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Work-life Balance, Working Conditions and the Great Recession
August 31, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills


The ‘Healthy Immigrant Effect’: Breastfeeding Behaviour in Ireland
August 24, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Economic Evaluation of Palliative Care in Ireland
August 13, 2015

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


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