UCD IRIS Centre

UCD Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Education and Innovation in Health Systems (UCD IRIS Centre)

Our work is characterised by systems thinking, interdisciplinary and intersectoral working, patient and public involvement and robust evidence synthesis, informing the collaborative design of health systems interventions and professional development programmes, as well as contributing to methodological innovation and strong networks and partnerships.

Thinking Systems  -  Improving Health  -  Inspiring Change

UCD IRIS Team
UCD IRIS Research Projects
  1. Expanding Care Capacity through Remote Monitoring of COVID-19 patients 15-Aug-20 to 14-Mar-21
  2. Tender: Mental Health Programme Workplace Mental Health 14-Jul-2020 to 4-Dec-2020
  3. CUPID Covid-19: paediatric emergency department attendance during COVID-19 11-May-20 to 10-May-2021
  4. International partnership building and research prioritisation for Gender Based Violence (Learn2EndGBV) 1-May-2020 to 31-Dec-2021
  5. My Voice: Engaging Young People with Intellectual Disabilities in Research (My Voice) 1-May-2020 to 31-Dec-2021
  6. Exploring inclusive leadership in trauma teams (EXPLICIT) 1-May-2020 to 31-Dec-2021
  7. Advanced social network methods to explore factors that influence network formation in interdisciplinary settings (CONNECT) 1-Apr-20 to 30-Mar-22
  8. Innovative application of design thinking with homeless populations 1-Apr-20 to 30-Mar-22
  9. Voluntary Healthcare Forum - Services 1 Dec-19 to 30-Nov-20
  10. Identification of public health priorities for children born into and living in homelessness accommodation 1-Apr-19 to 30-Mar-21 
  11. Exploring the ‘readiness to change’ among men and women to inform the co- design of targeted anti-female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) interventions in Kenya. 01-Oct-19 to 30-Sep-21
  12. Embedding collective leadership to foster collaborative inter-professional working in the care of older people (Eclectic) 02-Sep-19 to 01-Mar-21
  13. Access to primary and emergency care for children with intellectual disabilities: utilisation, decision making, parental preferences and disparities 31-Jul-19 to 30-Jul-22
  14. TeamTalk: Interactive Resource Hub for Healthcare Teams. 01-Dec-18 to 30-Nov-19
  15. Collective Leadership in Healthcare: Development, Implementation & Evaluation Network 21-Se-18 to 20-Jun-19
  16. Patient Voice: Participatory action research to support the self management of rheumatoid arthritis 01-Feb-18 to 30-May-2020 
  17. Adapting, developing and validating instruments to measure the key elements of quality and patient safety at the individual, team and organizational level in Ireland. 01-Jan-18 to 31-Dec-2020
  18. Promoting Assisted Decision Making in Acute Care Settings (PADMACS) for Care Planning Purposes 01-Dec-17 to 31-Jul-20 
  19. Speaking up About Safety (SUAS). 01-Dec-17 to 31-Jul-18
  20. The development of a PlayDecide game as a new methodology for exploring psychological safety within healthcare teams 01-Oct-2017 to 30-Sep-21
  21. Children’s unscheduled primary and emergency care in Ireland: decision making, trends, outcomes and parental perspectives (CUPID) 01-Sep-18 to 31-Aug-21
  22. PPI Ignite Award – University College Dublin 13-Nov-17 to 12-Nov-20
  23. Comparative Policy Analysis: Problems, Agendas and Policies in Brazil, France, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal and Spain 01-Jul-17 to 31-Dec-17 
  24. The Development of a Partnership between UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and Meru University of Science and Technology, School of Nursing, Meru, Kenya 09-Jan-17 to 08-Jan-18
  25. Identifying the optimum role and function of an Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) outreach nurse 01-Jan-17 to 30-Sep-18
  26. SAFE: Systematic Approach to improving care for Frail Older patients 07-Nov-16 to 06-Nov-18
  27. Access to Prostheses and Orthoses in Cambodia: what works for whom and why? 01-Apr-16 to 30-Sept-17
  28. Nursing and Midwifery Quality Care Metrics Project 01-Oct-16 to 31-Dec-17
  29. Leadership Intervention-Co-Lead 01-Dec-15 to 30-Nov-20
  30. Collective Leadership and Safety Cultures (CO-LEAD) 01-Dec-15 to 30-Apr-21
  31. Imbuing Medical Professionalism (IMP)15-Dec-14 to 31-Mar-19
  32. Research Emergency Department - Adult Clinical Escalation  (RED-ACE) 01-Dec-14 to 28-Feb-17
  33. HRB-TMRN (Trials Methodology Research Network) 23-Mar-15 to 30-Sep-17
UCD IRIS PhD Projects
  • Ms. Carolyn Donohoe PhD topic: Leadership and Strategy Development. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Thilo Kroll.
  • Ms. Elizabeth O'Brien PhD topic:The obstacles to employment faced by people with physical disabilities and the policies that might help overcome those obstacles. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Assoc Professor Hasheem Mannan.
  • Ms. Lisa Rogers PhD topic: An evaluation of the impact of context within implementation research. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Eilish McAuliffe. View Lisa's PhD overview video
  • Ms. Marina Zaki PhD topic: Barriers and facilitators to statistical rigour in academic-led clinical trial design, conduct, monitoring, analysis and reporting. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Eilish McAuliffe.
  • Mr. Matthew Douma PhD topic: Proposal for Organizational Innovation: Alberta Surviving Cardiac Arrest Campagin. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Thilo Kroll
  • Ms. Roisin O'Donovan PhD topic: The development of a PlayDecide game as a new methodology for exploring psychological safety within healthcare teams. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Eilish McAuliffe.
  • Ms. Roubina Karhily PhD topic: Public Perceptions about Primary Healthcare Centres in Lebanon. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Thilo Kroll.
  • Ms. Saydeh Dableh PhD topic: Access of Elderly to Primary Healthcare Services in North of Lebonan. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Thilo Kroll.
  • Ms. Sharon Gorman PhD topic: Developing a model to progress Public and Patient involvement (PPI) in healthcare decision making in Ireland using a co-lead (collective leadership) design approach. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Eilish McAuliffe.
  • Mrs. Una Cunningham PhD topic: What enables Irish healthcare teams to work effectively. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Eilish McAuliffe.
  • Ms. Zuneera Khurshid PhD topic: Assessing the effectiveness and sustainability of Measurement for Improvement curriculum and training intervention at micro, meso and macro levels in health care staff. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Eilish McAuliffe.
UCD IRIS Education

For details on educational programmes provided by UCD IRIS members, please follow this link.

UCD IRIS Publications

2020

  1. Angel S, Kroll T (2020). Sex Life During the First 10 Years After Spinal Cord Injury: A Qualitative Exploration. Sexuality and Disability. 1-15 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-020-09620-9
  2. Anjara SG, Ní Shé É, O'Shea M et al. Embedding collective leadership to foster collaborative inter-professional working in the care of older people (ECLECTIC): Study protocol HRB Open Res 2020, 3:8 (https://doi.org/10.12688/hrbopenres.13004.1)
  3. Breckenridge J, Kroll T, Wylie G & Salzberg A (2020). Remembering the past, enhancing the present and sharing the future: A qualitative study of the impact of film screenings in care home communities. Ageing and Society, 1-26. doi:10.1017/S0144686X20000501
  4. Brennan, J., Reilly, P., Cuskelly, K., & Donnelly, S. (2020). Social Work, Mental Health, Older People and Covid19. International Psychogeriatrics, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1041610220000873
  5. Cunningham, U., De Brún, A., & McAuliffe, E. (2020). Application of the critical incident technique in refining an initial programme theory. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 20, 131, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-020-01016-9.
  6. 6. Conlon C.,Nicholson E.,Rodriguez-Martin B., O’Donovan R., De Brún A., McDonnell T., Bury G., McAuliffe E., (in press), Factors influencing general practitioners decisions to refer paediatric patients to the emergency department: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. BMC Family Practice
  7. De Brún, A. & McAuliffe, E. (2020). Exploring the building blocks of collective leadership in a newly established hospital group using social network analysis. Journal of Health Organisation and Management, in press, doi: 10.1108/JHOM-12-2019-0353. 
  8. De Brún, A. & McAuliffe, E. (2020). Identifying the context, mechanisms and outcomes underlying collective leadership in teams: Building a realist programme theory. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 261, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05129-1 .
  9. Donnelly, S., Manning, M. Mannan, H., Wilson, A. G., & Kroll, T. (2020). Renegotiating dimensions of the self: A systematic review and qualitative evidence synthesis of the lived experience of self‐managing rheumatoid arthritis. Health Expectations.
  10. Donnelly S, Kroll T, Mannan H, et al  I’M HERE BUT I’M NOT: A PHOTOVOICE STUDY OF THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF SELF-MANAGING RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2020;79:1302-1303. 2. 
  11. Suwa, S., Tsujimura, M., Kodate, N., Donnelly, S., Kitinoja, H., Hallila, J., Toivonen, M., Ide, H., Bergman-Kärpijoki, C., Takahashi, E., Ishimaru, M., Shimamura, A., Yu, W. (2020). Exploring perceptions toward home-care robots for older people in Finland, Ireland, and Japan: A comparative questionnaire study. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 91. DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2020.104178
  12. Fennelly, O. et al., Ní Shé, É., Casserley-Feeney, S., Desmeules, F. and Cunningham, C. Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice: The patient journey and experience. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice 2020 10.1016/j.msksp.2019.102077
  13. Frawley, T., van Gelderen, F., Somanadhan, S., Coveney, K., Phelan, A., Lynam-Loane, P., & De Brún, A. (2020). The impact of COVID-19 on health systems, mental health, and the potential for nursing. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, in press.
  14. Frazer K, Paul G & Kroll T (2020). Learning from Nightingale’s engagement with complex systems: 21st-century public health issues of homelessness and achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Perspectives in Public Health, 140(3), 139–140.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913920914653
  15. Gilmore, B., Ndejjo, R., Tchetchia, A., de Claro, V., Nyamupachitu-Mago, E., Lopes, C.A. and Bhattacharyya, S., 2020. Community engagement for COVID-19 prevention and control: A Rapid Evidence Synthesis. BMJ Global Health 
  16. Higgins A, Murphy R, Barry J, Eustace-Cook J, Monahan M, Kroll T, Hevey D, Doyle L, Gibbons P (2020). Scoping review of factors influencing the implementation of group psychoeducational initiatives for people experiencing mental health difficulties and their families, Journal of Mental Health, DOI:10.1080/09638237.2020.1714002
  17. Ide, H., Kodate, N., Suwa, S., Tsujimura, M., Shimamura, A., Ishimaru, M., Yu, W. (2020) Do care professionals in Japan really want robotics-aided care? A balancing act between individual perceptions and institutional choices. International Journal of Care and Caring (In Press).
  18. Lynch, M., & Kodate, N. (2020). Professional practice following regulatory change: An evaluation using principles of “Better Regulation”. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 16(2), 208-215. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2019.05.007
  19. McAuliffe, E., Hamza, M., McDonnell, T., Nicholson, E., De Brún. A., Barrett, M., Brunsdon, C., Bury, G., Collins, C., Deasy, C., Fitzsimons, J., Galligan, M., Hensey, C. Children’s unscheduled primary and emergency care in Ireland: decision making, trends, outcomes and parental perspectives (CUPID) – Project Protocol. (BMJ Open - publication pending).
  20. Macdonald SH-F, Travers J, Ní Shé É, Bailey J, Romero-Ortuno R, Keyes M, et al. (2020) Primary care interventions to address physical frailty among community-dwelling adults aged 60 years or older: A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 15(2): e0228821. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228821
  21. McDonnell, T., McAuliffe, E., Barrett, M., Conlon, C., Cummins, F., Deasy, C., ... & Nicholson, E. (2020). CUPID COVID-19: emergency department attendance by paediatric patients during COVID-19-project protocol. HRB Open Research, 3(37), 37.
  22. McDonnell, T., Nicholson, E., Conlon, C., Barrett, M., Cummins, F., Hensey, C., & McAuliffe, E. (2020). Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 Public Health Stages on Paediatric Emergency Attendance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(18), 6719.
  23. Mwendwa P, Kroll T & De Brún A (2020). “To stop #FGM it is important to involve the owners of the tradition aka men”: An Exploratory Analysis of Social Media Discussions on Female Genital Mutilation. Journal of African Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(1), 34 – 47.
  24. Mwendwa P, Mutea N, Kaimuri MJ, Brun A, Kroll T (2020). “Promote locally led initiatives to fight female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)” lessons from anti-FGM/C advocates in rural Kenya. BMC Reproductive Health 17, 30 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-020-0884-5
  25. Mwendwa, P., Karani, C., Kalondu, E., De Brún, A., Kroll, T., & McAuliffe, E. (2020). What mechanisms and contextual factors facilitate male involvement in women’s sexual and reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa? A Rapid Realist Review Protocol. HRB Open, 10.12688/hrbopenres.13113.1 
  26. Nicholson, E., Doherty, E., Somanadhan, S., Guerin, S., Schreiber, J., Bury, G., Kroll, T., Raley, M., & McAuliffe, E. (2020). Health inequities in unscheduled healthcare for children with intellectual disabilities in Ireland: a study protocol. HRB Open Research. 3:3. 
  27. Nicholson, E., McDonnell, T., De Brún, A., Barrett, M., Bury, G., Collins, C., Hensey, C. & McAuliffe, E. (2020). Factors that influence family and parental preferences and decision making for Unscheduled Paediatric Healthcare – Systematic Review. BMC Health Services Research, 20, 663. 
  28. Ní Shé, É.; O’Donnell, D.; Donnelly, S.; Davies, C.; Fattori, F.; Kroll, T.(2020) “What Bothers Me Most Is the Disparity between the Choices that People Have or Don’t Have”: A Qualitative Study on the Health Systems Responsiveness to Implementing the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act in Ireland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3294. Open Access: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/9/3294#cite 
  29. Ní Shé, É., Cassidy, J., Davies, C., De Brún, A., Donnelly, S., Dorris, E., . . . O’Philbin, L. (2020). Minding the gap: identifying values to enable public and patient involvement at the pre-commencement stage of research projects. Research Involvement and Engagement, 6(1), 46. doi:10.1186/s40900-020-00220-7
  30. O’Donovan, R., Van Dun, D., McAuliffe, E. (2020) Measuring Psychological Safety in Healthcare Teams: Developing a More Accurate and Nuanced Mixed-methods Approach. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 20(1), 1-17
  31. O’Donovan, R., & McAuliffe, E. (2020). Exploring psychological safety in healthcare teams to inform the development of interventions: combining observational, survey and interview data. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 1-16.
  32. O’Donovan R, McAuliffe E. A systematic review exploring the content and outcomes of interventions to improve psychological safety, speaking up and voice behaviour. BMC Health Services Research. 2020;20(1):1–11. 
  33. O’Donovan, R., & Mcauliffe, E. (2020). A systematic review of factors that enable psychological safety in healthcare teams. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 32(4), 240-250.
  34. Obayashi, K., Kodate, N., & Masuyama, S. (2020). Can connected technologies improve sleep quality and safety of older adults and caregivers? An evaluation study of sleep monitors and communicative robots at a residential care home in Japan. Technology in Society (In Press).
  35. Obayashi, K., Kodate, N., & Masuyama, S. (2020). Measuring the impact of age, gender and dementia on communication-robot interventions in residential care homes. Geriatrics and Gerontology International 20(4):373-378 DOI:10.1111/ggi.13890 PMID: 32077237 
  36. Pallesen, K., Rogers, L., Anjara, S., De Brún, A. & McAuliffe, E. (2020). A qualitative evaluation of participants’ experiences of using co-design to develop a collective leadership intervention for healthcare teams. Health Expectations, 23, 358-367, doi:10.1111/hex.13002. 
  37. Phillips D, Paul G, Fahy M et al. (2020). The invisible workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic: Family carers at the frontline. HRB Open Research, 3:24 (https://doi.org/10.12688/hrbopenres.13059.1)
  38. Rogers L., De Brún A., & McAuliffe E. (2020) Defining and assessing context in healthcare implementation studies: a systematic review. BMC Health Services Research 20;591. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-020-05212-7
  39. Rogers L., De Brún A., & McAuliffe E. (2020) Development of an integrative coding framework for evaluating context within implementation science. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 20, 158. doi.org/10.1186/s12874-020-01044-5 
  40. Sanders, K; Marriott-Statham, K; Mackay, M; McMillan, A; Rennie, K; Robinson, BA; Teeling, SP. (2020) 'The Student International Community of Practice: a critical reflection on the shared experience of being a member, using creative hermeneutics', International Practice Development Journal, 10 (1).
  41. Suwa, S., Tsujimura, M., Ide, H., Kodate, N., Ishimaru, M., Shimamura, A., & Yu, W. (2020). Home-care Professionals’ Ethical Perceptions of the Development and Use of Home-care Robots for Older Adults in Japan. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. doi:10.1080/10447318.2020.1736809
  42. Teeling, SP., Dewing, J., Baldie, D. (2020) 'A Discussion of the Synergy and Divergence between Lean Six Sigma and Person-centred Improvement Sciences' International Journal of Research in Nursing 11 (10-23). DOI: 3844/ijrnsp.2020.10.23. 
  43. Tsujimura, M., Ide, H., Yu, W., Kodate, N., Ishimaru, M., Shimamura, A., Suwa, S. (2020) ‘The essential needs for home-care robots in Japan. Journal of Enabling Technologies (In Press). 
  44. Todd S, Bernal J, Shearn J, et al. (2020). Last months of life of people with intellectual disabilities: A UK population‐based study of death and dying in intellectual disability community services. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 00: 1 14. https://doi.org/10.1111/jar.12744
  45. Vallières, F., Kok, M., Mahmud, I., Sarker, M., Jeacocke, P., Karuga, R., Limato, L., Kea, A.Z., Chikaphupha, K., Sidat, M. and Gilmore, B., 2020. Measuring motivation among close-to-community health workers: developing the CTC Provider Motivational Indicator Scale across six countries. Human resources for health, 18(1), pp.1-12.
  46. Zaki M, Galligan M, O'Sullivan L et al. A protocol for a systematic review investigating the factors influencing the statistical planning, design, conduct, analysis and reporting of trials [version 2; peer review: 2 approved]. HRB Open Res 2020, 3:36 (https://doi.org/10.12688/hrbopenres.13068.2)
  47. Hasson, F., Nicholson, E., Muldrew, D., Bamidele, O., Payne, S., McIlfatrick. (2020). International Palliative Care Research Priorities: A systematic review. BMC Palliative Care. 19, 16. 
  48. McDonnell, T., Nicholson, E., Conlon, C., Barrett, M., Cummins, F., Hensey, C., & McAulliffe, E. (2020). Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 Public Health Stages on Paediatric Emergency Attendance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(18), 6719. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186719 
  49. Somanadhan, S., Nicholson, E, Dorris, E., Brinkley, A., Daly, A., Keenan, A., Awan, A., Ennis, S., Mc Grath, V., Mitchell, D., O’Sullivan, G., Power, J., Treacy, E., Lawlor, A., Harkin, P., Lynch, S.A., Donnelly, S.,Kroll, T. (2020). Identifying Priorities for Rare Diseases Research in Ireland: An initiative of a Rare Disease Research Partnership (RAinDRoP). HRB Open Research.
  50. Teahan, A., Lafferty, A., McAuliffe, E., Phelan, A., O’Sullivan, L., O’Shea, D., Nicholson, E., & Fealy, G.  (2020). Psychosocial interventions for family carers of people with dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Aging and Health. 1-16.
  51. Connolly, K.,Teeling, S.P., McNamara, M. 'Live Well after stroke' International Practice Development Journal 10(2)pp.1-16.

        2019

  1. Anderson, J. E., Ross, A. J., Lim, R., Kodate, N., Thompson, K., Jensen, H., & Cooney, K. (2019). Nursing teamwork in the care of older people: A mixed methods study. Applied Ergonomics, 80, 119-129. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2019.05.012
  2. Anjara, S. G., Bonetto, C., Ganguli, P., Setiyawati, D., Mahendradhata, Y., Yoga, B. H., ... & Van Bortel, T. (2019). Can General Practitioners manage mental disorders in primary care? A partially randomised, pragmatic, cluster trial. PloS one, 14(11), e0224724-e0224724. 
  3. Bentley, J., MacLachlan, M., Geiser, P., Mannan, H., & Zou, H. (2019). Disability-related global health needs. In L. A. Brenner, S. A. Reid-Arndt, T. R. Elliott, R. G. Frank, & B. Caplan (Eds.), Handbook of rehabilitation psychology (p. 443–455). American Psychological Association. https://doi.org/10.1037/0000129-026.
  4. Brown, R., Grehan, P., Brennan, M., Carter, D., Brady, A., Moore, E., Teeling, SP., Ward, M., Eaton, D. (2019) Using Lean Six Sigma to improve rates of day of surgery admission in a national thoracic surgery department. International Journal for Quality in Healthcare 31(Supplement_1):14-21 23 
  5. Creed, M., McGuirk, M., Buckley, R., De Brún, A. & Kilduff, M. (2019). Using Lean Six Sigma to improve controlled drug processes to release nursing time. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 34(3), 236-241. doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000364
  6. Davies C., Lyons C, Whyte R. (2019) Optimizing nursing time in a day care unit: Quality improvement using Lean Six Sigma methodology, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 31, Issue Supplement_1, December 2019, Pages 22–28
  7. Davies, C. O'Donnell, D.  Ní Shé, É.  et al., Programme Theory to Guide the Adoption of Assisted Decision Making with Older People in Acute Healthcare: Realist Evaluation, Age and Ageing, Volume 48, Issue Supplement_3, 2019, Pages iii1–iii16,
  8. Davies, C.  Fattori, F. O’Donnell, D., Donnelly, S., Ní Shé, É. et al., What are the mechanisms that support Healthcare professionals to adopt Assisted Decision Making in practice? A Rapid Realist Review. BMC Health Services Research In Press
  9. De Brún, A., O’Donovan, R., & McAuliffe, E. (2019). Interventions to develop collectivistic leadership in healthcare settings: a systematic review. BMC health services research, 19(1), 72.
  10. De Brún, A., Rogers, L., O'Shea, M., & McAuliffe, E. (2019). Understanding the impact of a collective leadership intervention on leadership, team working and safety culture in healthcare teams: a realist evaluation protocol. HRB Open, 2:5, doi: 10.12688/hrbopenres.1
  11. Donnelly, S (2019) Airurando kyōwakoku no kōreika shakai ni okeru sōshiaru wāku jissen heno chōsen. [Growing old with dignity in Ireland -challenges for practice in an ageing society]. K. Kaneko & N. Kodate Eds. Shin sekai no shakai fukushi [New global social welfare], Vol. 1 (the UK & Ireland), pp.408-422, Junpōsha Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. 30 Jun 2019 Japanese Handbook on Social Welfare in UK & Ireland (Social Welfare of the World series, Vol.1)
  12. Donnelly, S (2019). Adult Safeguarding, Abuse of Vulnerable Adults and Mandatory Reporting: A Rapid Realist Review of the Literature, Age and Ageing, Volume 48, Issue Supplement_3, September 2019, Pages iii17–iii65, https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afz103.39
  13. Donnelly, S. (2019). Mandatory reporting and adult safeguarding: a rapid realist review. Journal of Adult Protection, 21(5), 241-251. doi:10.1108/JAP-03-2019-0011
  14. Donnelly, S. Ó Coimín, D.  O'Donnell, D. Davies, C. Ní Shé, É.  et al., Barriers and Enablers of Assisted Decision-making for Older People in Acute Care Hospitals: A Multi-Stakeholder Inquiry. Age and Ageing, 48(Supplement_3), iii1-iii16. doi:10.1093/ageing/afz102.34
  15. Donnelly, S., & Morton, S. (2019). Creating organisational and practice change through the use of co-operative inquiry groups in healthcare settings. Action Research Available: https://doi.org/10.1177/1476750319855126
  16. Donnelly, S., Begley, E., & O’Brien, M. (2019). How are people with dementia involved in care-planning and decision-making? An Irish social work perspective. Dementia, 18(7-8), 2985-3003. doi:10.1177/1471301218763180
  17. Donnely. S and Campbell,J (2019). Airurando kyōwakoku / Kita-airurando ni okeru seijin hogo seisaku to jissen: sōshiaru wākā no yakuwari to kurichikaru na shiten [A critical overview of the role of social workers in adult safeguarding policy and practice in Ireland and Northern Ireland]. K. Kaneko & N. Kodate Eds. Shin sekai no shakai fukushi [New global social welfare], Vol. 1 (the UK & Ireland), pp.442-462, Junpōsha Co. Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Jun 2019 Japanese Handbook on Social Welfare in UK & Ireland (Social Welfare of the World series, Vol.1)442-462
  18. Fattori, F., O'Donnell, D., RodrÌguez-MartÌn, B., & Kroll, T. (2019). Which instruments are used to measure shared, supported and assisted healthcare decision-making between patients who have limited, impaired or fluctuating capacity, their family carers and healthcare professionals? A systematic review protocol. doi:10.12688/hrbopenres.12932.1
  19. Fennelly, O. et al., Ní Shé, É., Casserley-Feeney, S., Desmeules, F. and Cunningham, C. Advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice: The patient journey and experience. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice 2019 10.1016/j.msksp.2019.102077
  20. Fulford, H., McSwiggan, L., Kroll, T., & MacGillivray, S. (2019). Exploring the use of mobile information and communication technologies by people with mood disorders. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. doi:10.1111/inm.12632
  21. Gallen, A., Kodate, N., & Casey, D. (2019). How do nurses and midwives perceive their preparedness for quality improvement and patient safety in practice? A cross-sectional national study in Ireland. Nurse Education Today, 76, 125-130. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2019.01.025
  22. Gilmore, B., McAuliffe, E, Power, J, Vallieres, F. (2019) Data analysis and synthesis within a realist evaluation: Towards more transparent methodological approaches. International Journal of Qualitative Methods.
  23. Heavey, E., De Brún, A., Dawson, P., Waring, J., & Scott, J. (2019). Who, why, and when? Patients’ narrative attributions of responsibility for safety. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 60(2), 188-203.
  24. Hsiao-Feng Macdonald S, Egan K, Ní Shé É, O'Donnell D, McAuliffe E. (2019) PlayDecide: Patient Safety – A “serious game” learning tool to discuss medical professionalism in relation to reporting and patient safety. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2019;19(4):183.
  25. Hunt, K., Bernal, J., Worth, R., Shearn, J., Jarvis, P., Jones, E., . . . Todd, S. (2019). End-of-life care in intellectual disability: A retrospective cross-sectional study. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001985 
  26. Kazanga, I., Munthali, A.C., McVeigh, J., Mannan, H., & MacLachlan, M. (2019). Predictors of utilisation of skilled maternal healthcare in Lilongwe district, Malawi. International journal of health policy and management, 8(12), 700. 6.      
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What is a heath system?

A health system consists of all organizations, people and actions whose primary intent is to promote, restore or maintain health (World Health Organisation (WHO).  Six basic components, which the WHO refers to as System Building Blocks are common to all health services (service delivery, health workforce, information, medicines and technologies, financing, leadership/governance) and the goals of health systems can be simplified as responsiveness, efficiency, improved health and social and financial risk protection.

Why study health systems?

“Public health [today] enjoys commitment, resources, and powerful interventions... but the power of these interventions is not matched by the power of health systems to deliver them to those in greatest need, on an adequate scale and on time... This arises, in part, from the fact that research on health systems has been so badly neglected and underfunded... In the absence of sound evidence, we will have no good way to compel efficient investments in health systems.”
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization
 

"Yet all too often reform efforts are not evaluated adequately. Each innovation in health systems constitutes a learning opportunity. Not to take advantage of these opportunities condemns us to rediscover at great cost what is already known or to repeat past mistakes”.
Dr. Julio Frenk, President, University of Miami, formerly Faculty Dean, Harvard School of Public Health, Secretary of Health of Mexico

Studying and Researching with the Health Systems Group

Health Systems research students will gain a greater understanding of how health services are being planned and delivered, what may be facilitating or preventing access to health care, and what policy or protocol changes may be necessary to make health systems equitable for all. The doctoral programme in Health Systems will provide students greater depth and preparation to conduct research about the performance of health systems. We offer an interdisciplinary course of study designed to provide students with advanced knowledge, analytical skills, and competencies in health policy, planning, financing, management, evaluation; and research on health systems. The overall goal of the PhD programme in Health Systems is to produce thought leaders in the management, practice, and research dealing with health systems. The PhD programme in Health Systems prepares students to become independent investigators in academic and non-academic research institutions, and emphasises contributions to theory and practice. Graduates of the programme will have developed competencies to play leadership roles in developing and strengthening health systems.

Building upon UCD's role as a leader in transforming health systems and the formalised collaborative relationships UCD has with Ireland East Group Hospitals and the strong partnerships UCD has with major health systems in Europe and Low and Middle Income Countries, the curriculum draws on an interdisciplinary faculty with expertise in nursing and midwifery, health policy, management, psychology, implementation science, social gerontology, disability studies, gender studies and sociology.

News & dissemination activities

Dr. Thérѐse McDonnell presented at Health Economics Association of Ireland (HEAI) Seminar Series Autumn/Winter 2020

On 30th September 2020, Dr. Thérѐse McDonnell presented results from the CUPID Project to the Health Economics Association of Ireland (HEAI), the first presentation of the HEAI's monthly Virtual Seminar Series for Autumn/Winter 2020. The presentation outlined the impact of the introduction of free GP care for children aged under 6 on attendance at Emergency Departments in Ireland.

Roisin O’Donovan delivered presentation of her PhD work at the ISQua World Patient Safety Day

On 17 September 2020, the World Health Organization organised World Patient Safety Day. The theme for this year was "Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety". Everyone working in healthcare was invited to speak up for health worker safety. The webinar was attended by 190 participants from 54 countries. What a fantastic audience to have!

Ms Róisín O’Donovan is a PhD student at the UCD Centre for Research, Education and Innovation in Health Systems (UCD IRIS) at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems in University College Dublin. Since joining UCD Health Systems in October 2016, she has worked on the 'Collective Leadership and Safety Cultures' (Co-Lead). Her involvement in this project furthered her interest in research as a tool for positive change within the Irish healthcare system and the use of co-design methodologies to understand and find ways to tackle the challenges faced by healthcare teams. Her PhD research is focused on understanding and improving psychological safety in healthcare teams. This research is funded under the Irish Research Council Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme and her employment partner, the Ireland East Hospital Group. She holds a BA(Hons) in Applied Psychology (University College Cork) and a Masters in Psychological Science (University College Dublin). 

Click here to access ISQua Webinar Recording: Psychological Safety - Why understanding voice and silence behaviours is critical to staff and patient safety 

 

January 2019 - Dr. Sabrina Anjara spoke at the National Senior Police Officers Meeting in Jakarta

At th

e invitation of Indonesia’s National Police Chief, Dr Sabrina Anjara (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Co-Lead Project, Health Systems) spoke at the National Senior Police Officers Meeting in Jakarta, on 31 January 2019. Sabrina presented the results of her recent research at the University of Cambridge. During her trip, Sabrina was also invited to speak at the Coordinating Ministry of Politics, Law, and Security with distinguished members of the audience representing institutions such as the Ministry of Communication & Information, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

UCD Health Systems Research Showcase

On the 24th October 2018 the UCD Health Systems Research Group hosted its first research showcase event in the UCD Charles Institute, Belfield, Dublin 4. The purpose of the Showcase was to present the range of current Health Systems research projects to our health services and other partners, and to offer an opportunity for discussion of future research areas and collaborations. Please click on this link to read brief summaries about selected projects and explore Health Systems webpage for more information on relevant research activities. 

October 2018 - Prof Eilish McAuliffe visiting the Australian Institute for Health Innovation

Prof Eilish McAuliffe visiting the Australian Institute for Health Innovation where she met with Prof Jeffrey Braithwaite, Founding Director of AIHI and Director of Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS) and Prof Johanna Westbrook, Director of the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research (CHSSR) and members of their research teams. Pictured here with Dr Robyn Clay-Williams, Senior Research Fellow and Lead for Human Factors & Resilience Research, Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science (CHRIS). 

June 2018 - Prof Eilish McAuliffe, Health Systems Group, UCD visits WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan, to discuss research and development issues related to Assistive Technology.

HRB-TMRN 3rd Trial Methodology Symposium in Dublin

On the 20th October 2017 the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) and UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems hosted its 3rd ‘Trial Methodology Symposium’ in the Radisson Blu, St Helens Hotel, Dublin. The purpose of the Symposium was to stimulate discussions between scientists, citizens, research organisations, journalists and other media personnel to think more deeply about the parts we can all play in ensuring that our science connects with society in a meaningful and transparent way. The Symposium was officially launched by Dr Mairead O Driscoll, interim CEO of the Health Research Board (HRB), followed by Dr Sandra Galvin, Programme Manager of the HRB-TMRN. The theme of this year’s Symposium was“Transparency in Trials”.

The HRB-TBRN is a successful, well recognised national support network. It is a collaborative initiative between several Irish and international higher education institutes and methodology centres led by Professor Declan Devane, NUI Galway. Its objective is to strengthen the methodology and reporting of trials in health and social care in Ireland so that they become more relevant, accessible and influential for patients and other support users, practitioners, policy makers and the public. 

A list of notable, high-caliber speakers were presenting at this Symposium, including Dr. Ben Goldacre, a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, Dr. Síle Lane from Sense About Science who highlighted the important AllTrials campaign, Dr Richard Morey, Cardiff University, who discussed the role of reviewers in increasing transparency in trials, Dr. Trish Groves from the British Medical Journal who covered why, when and how should trialists share clinical trial data and, finally, Dr. Teresa Maguire from the Department of Health, spoke about the role of evidence-informed decision making in health nationally.

Also contributing at this event were the four HRB-TMRN PhD scholars who are the first national cohort of PhD students specifically working on the topic of trial methodology.

L-R: Ms. Marina Zaki, Ms. Caroline Hurley, Dr. Ben Goldacre, Ms. Aislinn Conway, Ms. Jessica Power

 

Presentation on the Sláintecare Report

As part of the Health Sciences Summer School Róisín Shortall T.D and Chairperson of the Special Committee on the Future of Healthcare presented on the Sláintecare report. Following the presentation there was a panel discussion chaired by Prof. Eilish McAuliffe with contributions from those working in the system and members of the public:
Mr Eugene Callan, Disability Federation of Ireland Public representative on the SAFE Project - Systematic Approach to Improving care for Frail Older patients
Dr Diarmuid O Shea, Consultant physician in medicine for the elderly and head of department in St Vincent's University Hospital and clinical lead on the National Programme for Older Persons with the Health Service Executive
Róisín Shortall T.D and Chairperson of the Special Committee on the Future of Healthcare. Watch video

Attendance at the UL Public and Patient Involvement in Research Summer School

Dr Éidín Ní Shé recently attended the UL Public and Patient Involvement in Research  Summer School that was held at the University of Limerick on 22-23 June 2017. Éidín was presented with a copy of the recently published UL Engage report that she had contributed to on 'Creating Community Research Partnerships-Field Notes from the 'Count Me in' Project' by Alphonse Basogomba and Associate Professor Maura Adshead (pictured).

 

 

 

 

European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology 2017 Congress 

As part of the Co-Lead research programme, Ms Una Cunningham (pictured) presented a poster based on her on-going research at the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP) in Dublin on May 19, 2017. The title of the poster: 'Understanding the factors that enable Irish healthcare teams to work effectively: A realist approach - Stage 1 Building Programme Theory'.

At the same conference, Dr Aoife De Brún presented a paper based on a social network analysis study within the Co-Lead research programme. The title of the paper: 'Using social network analysis to map leadership networks in a new hospital group: Does collective leadership emerge?'. BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety

Dr. Aoife De Brún presented at the BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in London, UK, 26 - 28 April 2017. Poster presented as part of the Co-Lead research programme: A qualitative analysis of the early functioning of a newly established hospital network: Understanding experiences of hospital integration at leadership level. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From care spaces to caring systems - TEDx talk at Queen Margaret University

On April 21, 2017 Professor Thilo Kroll, Professor of Health Systems Management, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, delivered a talk about the importance of supporting families in pluralistic and dynamic societies: From care spaces to caring systems. 

This talk was given at a TEDx event in Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Please click on this link to watch the presentation. 

Exchange Visits between Staff from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and the School of Nursing,  Meru University in Kenya

Dr. Gabrielle O'Kelly, Programme Director, Higher Diploma in Mental Health, and Dr. Purity Mwendwa, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, recently travelled to Meru University in Kenya to explore the possibility of establishing a collaboration between UCD and Meru University. Two members of staff from the School of Nursing in Meru University, Dr Naomi Mutea, the Dean of the School and MaryJoy Kaimuri then paid a return visit early in April.  Meru University welcomed its first cohort of B.Sc. Nursing students in January of this year and the University is keen to collaborate with nursing programmes that are well established. This visit was made possible through the award of the ESTHER Ireland Small Grant Scheme, a European initiative that involves the twinning of European institutions with those in developing countries to strengthen health care services by building expertise and sharing experience. Because UCD keeps an external focus, seeking to lead and shape agendas through alliances and partnerships with its peers, nationally and internationally, it is envisioned that such a partnership will serve to fulfil this mission and enhance UCD’s reputation as Ireland’s Global University. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HRB-TMRN START Radio Podcast

On March 22, 2017 Ms. Marina Zaki (HRB-TMRN PhD Scholar, UCD Health Systems) was interviewed on Galway Bay FM and Connemara FM Radio stations talking about the HRB-TMRN START (Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials) Clinical Trials Competition for Children. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN (Skip to 58:30).

Africa Health Agenda International Conference 

Dr. Purity Mwendwa presented a paper at the Africa Health Agenda International Conference held from 7th - 9th March 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Title of the Paper: "Assessing the demand for community health workers’ social support: Perspectives of mothers in rural Rwanda". 

1st National Patient Safety Conference

Dr. Éidín Ní Shé and Karen Egan delivered presentation on Medical Professionalism in Relation to Safety: Junior Doctors’ Experiences in Practice at the 1st National Patient Safety Office conference on 7th and 8th December 2016. Please click here to view the presentation. 

HRB 30-year Anniversary Conference

Professor Eilish McAuliffe delivered a speech about challenging cultures and systems at the HRB National Health Research Conference.  The conference took place in Dublin Castle on November 30, 2016.  Please click on this link to watch Prof. McAuliffe's presentation. The conference programme can be viewed at this link.

2nd Annual HRB-TMRN Trial Methodology Symposium

Ms. Marina Zaki (HRB-TMRN PhD Scholar, UCD) and Mr. David Farrar (HRB-TMRN Summer Scholar, UCD) presented their research in the 2nd Annual HRB-TMRN Trial Methodology Symposium in October, 2016 in the Kingsley hotel in Cork. Please click on this link to watch a few minute video clip on event's highlights. 

Research Conversations in UCD, MMUH and SVUH

A new series of ‘research conversations’ has begun  in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital and the College of Health Sciences in UCD. These conversations are open to all staff across the healthcare disciplines in the hospitals and the college and are intended to help foster research communities and collaborations across these sites.

Global Health Realist Group gives workshop on realist methods

Members of the Global Health Realist Group from CGH ran a workshop through the HRB - Trials Methodology Research Network at UCD O'Brien Centre fo Sciences on February 25th, 2016. During this workshop Centre for Global Health staff introduced realist methodology, and provided examples of their own work using realist reviews and realist evaluations in global health.

The Global Health Realist Group aims to provide a space for academics and practitioners interested in realist methodology in global health to collaborate, learn together, and work towards the advancement of these research methodologies. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, please read more here, or join the LinkedIn group by emailing gilmorb@tcd.ie.

Launch of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) 

On the 24th and 25th of September 2015, the launch of the HRB-Trials Methodology Research Network took place in the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. The network (HRB-TMRN) is a new, collaborative initiative between a number of Irish and international higher education institutes and methodology centres. Its mission is to strengthen the methodology and reporting of trials in health and social care on the island of Ireland so that they become more relevant, accessible and influential for patients and other service users, practitioners, policy makers and the public. This will be achieved through a programme of work relating to the methodology of trials and focussed on (i) support (ii) training and education and (iii) research and innovation.

The Director of the network, Professor Declan Devane, the Co-Ordinator, Dr. Sandra Galvin, along with the Executive Committee, and CEO of the HRB, Dr Graham Love, welcomed all attendees to the official launch. Professor Eilish McAuliffe, Head of Health Systems in UCD and Ms. Marina Zaki, who has recently started her PhD programme in the UCD Health Systems group, attended the event and met with the other participants and PhD students from the network’s partner sites.

Sir Iain Chalmers, Co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration was keynote speaker and gave an interesting account of “The James Lind Library: Illustrating the Evolution of Fair Tests of Treatments”.  The PhD students associated with the network also gave brief presentations on their research.  Day two of the event was dominated by a series of parallel workshops on a variety of topics related to the conduct of trials from Sample Size Calculations to Studies within a Trial/Review (SWATS/SWARS) to Health Behaviour Change Strategies for Clinical Trials.

Above: Prof. Eilish McAuliffe, UCD Health Systems and Prof. Declan Devane, Director of the HRB-TMRN.

Below L-R: Ms. Marina Zaki, PhD student in Health Systems, UCD I Ms. Jessica O’Dowd, PhD student, TCD I Ms. Lydia Emerson, MRC-HTMR PhD Student, Queen’s University, Belfast   I   Sir Iain Chalmers, Co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration  I Ms. Aislinn Conway, PhD student, NUIG I Ms. Caroline Hurley, PhD student, UCC.

Marina Zaki (on the left of the picture above) is the UCD PhD scholar working on the HRB-TMRN. She obtained her BSc. (Pharmacology) from the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences in UCD in 2013, carried out her BSc. Research project in the University of Copenhagen (Erasmus) and was awarded her MSc. (Translational Medicine) from King’s College London in 2015. The focus of Marina’s PhD project will be looking at bringing awareness to the benefits of statistician involvement from the beginning of clinical trials; the roles they play, their impact on the conduct of trial designs, decision making, reporting and the publication of trial results. Marina is studying under the supervision of Professor Eilish McAuliffe with co-supervisors Dr. Marie Galligan (Biostatistician and Clinical Research Tutor, School of Medicine, UCD) and Professor Declan Devane (Director of the HRB-TMRN and Professor of Midwifery, NUI Galway).

For additional information on the HRB-TMRN visit http://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/

 

What is health systems research

Health systems research addresses policy and service delivery questions that have implications for the performance of the health system as a whole. It addresses a wide range of questions, from health financing, governance, and policy to problems with structuring, planning, management, human resources, service delivery, referral pathways, patient pathways, quality of care, performance management and health outcomes. Health systems research, by necessity, is highly multidisciplinary, with a strong emphasis on social and health sciences disciplines.  Often there is considerable involvement with policy makers, managers and other healthcare professionals.

What distinguishes health systems research is its audience which tends to be broader than a particular service, team or unit.  A question that often arises is how does health systems research differ from health services research, operational research and implementation science?  The reality is that they are not mutually exclusive research domains and all of these may form components of a health systems research project.  For example, a project whose aim is to develop a model of community-based management of a chronic condition that is currently managed in a hospital setting, might begin with an epidemiological study to determine need for the service and an operational research study to understand how the condition is currently managed for patients. 

The next step could be trialling a community intervention.  If this proves successful there will be a need for an implementation science study to identify what is necessary to put this successful model into practice throughout the system.  Additional questions that a health systems study might address are how does this new model impact on staffing requirements? What are the positive and negative impacts on other services? Could the same model be applied to other services?  What are the impacts on patient quality of life? What is the impact on productivity, throughput and cost?

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