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



Participation in School Sport and Post-School Pathways
May 6, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills


Participation in School Sport and Post-School Pathways: Evidence from Ireland
May 2, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Smoking Outside: the Effect of the Irish Workplace Smoking Ban on Smoking Prevalence among the Employed
April 30, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Michael Savage
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Contextualising Ageing in Ireland
March 25, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Active Ageing: Social Participation and Volunteering in Later Life
March 25, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Áine Ní Léime, Sheelah Connolly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


End-of-Life Management in Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
February 27, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Sheelah Connolly, Miriam Galvin , Orla Hardiman
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


The Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Health System and Health in Ireland
January 28, 2015

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


Growing Up in Ireland: Maternal Health Behaviours and Child Growth in Infancy
January 15, 2015 |

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


The Economics of Disability: Insights from Irish Research
December 23, 2014

Editors: John Cullinan , Seán Lyons , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Social Inclusion and Equality


The Economics of Dementia
December 23, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Paddy Gillespie, Sheelah Connolly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


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