Health Systems

Researching the effectiveness of healthcare organisations and resources concerned with promoting, restoring and maintaining health.

The role of a health system is to deliver a quality health service to all people, when and where they need it. Health systems research encompasses diverse research interests, including health policy; healthcare effectiveness and health outcomes; the organisation and (re)configuration of health services; health economics and resource management; performance management; interactions and experiences at the user-health system interface; connected health and healthcare informatics; patient outcomes, patient safety and quality. The Head of the Health Systems Research Group is Professor Eilish McAuliffe.

What is a health system?
UCD Health Systems Research Group

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.

What is health systems research?
UCD Health Systems

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?

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.

Meet Our Team
Our PhD Projects

Ms. Carolyn Donohoe 

PhD topic: Leadership and Strategy Development. Professor Thilo Kroll

Ms. Lisa Rogers 

PhD topic: An evaluation of the impact of context within implementation research. Primary Thesis Supervisor: Professor Eilish McAuliffe.

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. 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. Professor Eilish McAuliffe.

Mr. Sylvester Rohan Devasahay

PhD topic: Exploring the impact of collective leadership on team performances and safety culture. 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.

Our Research Projects
  1. CUPID Covid-19: paediatric emergency department attendance during COVID-19 11-May-20 to 10-May-2021
  2. Advanced social network methods to explore factors that influence network formation in interdisciplinary settings (CONNECT) 1-Apr-20 to 30-Mar-22
  3. Voluntary Healthcare Forum - Services 1 Dec-19 to 30-Nov-20
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. TeamTalk: Interactive Resource Hub for Healthcare Teams. 01-Dec-18 to 30-Nov-19
  7. Collective Leadership in Healthcare: Development, Implementation & Evaluation Network 21-Se-18 to 20-Jun-19
  8. Patient Voice: Participatory action research to support the self management of rheumatoid arthritis.01-Feb-18 to 30-May-2020
  9. 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
  10. Promoting Assisted Decision Making in Acute Care Settings (PADMACS) for Care Planning Purposes .01-Jan-18 to 31-Dec-19
  11. Speaking up About Safety (SUAS). 01-Dec-17 to 31-Jul-18
  12. EOLAS: Building capacity for collaborative education between service users, family members and practitioners within mental health services.
  13. The development of a PlayDecide game as a new methodology for exploring psychological safety within healthcare teams.01-Oct-2017 to 30-Sep-21
  14. Children’s unscheduled primary and emergency care in Ireland: decision making, trends, outcomes and parental perspectives (CUPID). 01-Sep-18 to 31-Aug-21
  15. PPI Ignite Award – University College Dublin. 01-Sep-2017 to 31-Aug-20
  16. Comparative Policy Analysis: Problems, Agendas and Policies in Brazil, France, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal and Spain.01-Jul-17 to 31-Dec-17
  17. 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, Kenya09-Jan-17 to 08-Jan-18
  18. Identifying the optimum role and function of an Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) outreach nurse. 01-Jan-17 to 30-Sep-18
  19. SAFE: Systematic Approach to improving care for Frail Older patients. 07-Nov-16 to 06-Nov-18
  20. Access to Prostheses and Orthoses in Cambodia: what works for whom and why? 01-Apr-16 to 30-Sept-17
  21. Nursing and Midwifery Quality Care Metrics Project01-Oct-16 to 31-Dec-17
  22. Collective Leadership and Safety Cultures (CO-LEAD). 01-Dec-15 to 30-Apr-21
  23. Imbuing Medical Professionalism (IMP).15-Dec-14 to 30-Sep-18
  24. Research Emergency Department - Adult Clinical Escalation  (RED-ACE). 01-Dec-14 to 28-Feb-17
  25. HRB-TMRN (Trials Methodology Research Network) 23-Mar-15 to 30-Sep-17
Our Publications


  1. 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.
  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 (
  3. 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
  4. 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. 
  5. 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).


  1. 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.
  2. 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  
  3. Chen, S., Lu, T., De Brún, A., Wall, P., Guo, L., & Shan, L. C. (2019). Mapping Chinese consumers’ concern in relation to food additives. Journal of Food Protection, in press.
  4. Davies C., Lyons C, Whyte R. (2019) Optimizing nursing time in a day care unit: Quality improvement using Lean Six Sigma methodologyInternational Journal for Quality in Health Care, Volume 31, Issue Supplement_1, December 2019, Pages 22–28 
  5. 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
  6. 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,
  7. 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.
  8. 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.12860.1.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Kearney, S., Donoghoe, A., McAuliffe, E. (2019). Living with Epidermolysis Bullosa: daily challenges and healthcare needs. Health Expectations.
  18. Lafferty, A., Phillips, D., Paul, G., Fealy, G., Fahy, M., Dowling-Hetherington, L., . . . Kroll, T. (2019). Stage 1 Registered Report: A scoping review protocol to map the evidence on family carers who combine work with care. doi:10.12688/hrbopenres.12905.1
  19. 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.
  20. Macdonald, S. Gray, S. et al.,Screening for Frailty in the Emergency Department: Comparison of Tools, Age and Ageing, Volume 48, Issue 3, 2019, Pages iii1–iii16,
  21. Macdonald, S. Travers, J. et al., Meta-analysis of Primary Care Interventions to Address Frailty Among Adults Aged 65+, Age and Ageing, Volume 48, Issue Supplement_3, 2019, Pages iii17–iii65,
  22. Macdonald, S., Travers, J., Ní Shé, É., et al., Primary care interventions to address physical frailty among community-dwelling adults aged 60 years or older: A meta-analysis. PLOS  ONE In Press
  23. McGrath K, Casserly M, O'Mara F, Muslow J, Shields C, Staunton O, Ward M, Teeling SP.(2019)  Zap it track it: the application of Lean Six Sigma methods to improve the screening system of low-grade mucinous neoplasms of the appendix in an acute hospital setting International Journal for Quality in Healthcare 31(Supplement_1):35-44 
  24. McNamara M, Teeling SP, Shannon M (2019). Integrative Nursing in Ireland In: Integrative Nursing. Editors: Kreitzer, Mary Jo, Koithan, Mary. 633-642. Weil Integrative Medicine Libr, United States of America
  25. McNamara M, Teeling SP. Developing a university-accredited Lean Six Sigma curriculum to overcome system blindness. International Journal for Quality in Healthcare : 31(Supplement_1):3-5 
  26. Murphy C, Mullen E, Hogan K, O'Toole R, Teeling SP. (2019) Streamlining an existing hip fracture patient pathway in an acute tertiary adult Irish hospital to improve patient experience and outcomes International Journal for Quality in Healthcare 31(Supplement_1):45-51 
  27. Ní Shé É, Ethics in participatory research for health and well-being: cases and commentaries, Community Development Journal, 2019, bsz010,
  28. Ní Shé É, Morton S, Lambert V, et al. Clarifying the mechanisms and resources that enable the reciprocal involvement of seldom heard groups in health and social care research: A collaborative rapid realist review process. Health Expect. 2019;22(3):298–306.
  29. Nicholson, E., McDonnell, T., Hamza, M., Barrett, M., Brunsdon, C., Bury, G., Charlton, M., Collins, C., Deasy, C., De Brún, A., Fitzsimons, J., Galligan, M., Hensey, C., Kiernan, F. & McAuliffe, E. (2019). Factors that influence family and parental preferences and decision making for unscheduled paediatric healthcare: a systematic review protocol. HRB Open Research, 2:11, doi: 0.12688/hrbopenres.12897.1
  30. O’Donnell, D. (2019) Keep Control: A co-designed educational and information campaign supporting older people to be empowered against financial abuse. Advances in Elder Abuse Research. Amanda Phelan (Ed) Springer International Publishing AG.
  31. O’Donnell, D., Ní Shé, É., McCarthy M., et al., Enabling Public, Patient and Practitioner Involvement by Co-Designing Frailty Pathways in Acute Care Settings. BMC Health Services Research 2019
  32. O’Donovan, R., Ward, M., De Brún, A., & McAuliffe, E. (2019). Safety culture in healthcare teams: A narrative review of the literature. Journal of Nursing Management, 27(5), 871-883.
  33. O'Brien, M., O'Donnell, D., & Clyne, B. (2019). 233 Potential Deprivation of Patient Liberty: A Qualitative Study of Current Practice Amongst Geriatricians in a Tertiary Setting. Age and Ageing, 48(Supplement_3), iii17-iii65. doi:10.1093/ageing/afz103.140
  34. O'Donnell, D. (2019). The Health and Well-Being of Family Carers of Older People: An Exploratory Cross-Sectional Analysis. Age and Ageing, 48(Supplement_3), iii1-iii16. doi:10.1093/ageing/afz102.14
  35. O'Donnell, D., Davies, C., Frattori, F., Donnelly, S., Ni ShÈ, E., O'Shea, M., . . . Kroll, T. (2019). Implementing Assisted Decision-making in Healthcare in Ireland: Understanding Enablers, Barriers and Context from the perspective of patients and healthcare professionals. International Journal of Integrated Care. doi:10.5334/ijic.s3066
  36. O'Mahony E, Ní Shé É, Bailey J, Mannan H, McAuliffe E, Ryan J, Cronin J, Cooney MT. (2019) Using geographic information systems to map older people's emergency department attendance for future health planning. Emerg Med J. 2019 Nov 2. pii: emermed-2018-207952. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2018-207952. [Epub ahead of print]
  37. Pallesen, K., Rogers, L., Anjara, S., De Brún, A. & McAuliffe, E. (2019). A qualitative evaluation of participants’ experiences of using co-design to develop a collective leadership intervention for healthcare teams. Health Expectations, in press.
  38. Phelan, A. and O’Donnell, D. (2019) ‘An ecological perspective on elder abuse interventions’ Advances in Elder Abuse Research. Amanda Phelan (Ed) Springer International Publishing AG.
  39. Phelan, A., McCarthy, S., & O'Donnell, D. (2019). Irish Bank Staff's Experiences of Financial Abuse of Older People-Qualitative Results. In International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Gothenburg, Sweden.
  40. Power J, Gilmore B, Vallières F, Toomey E, Mannan H, McAuliffe E. (2019). Adapting health interventions for local fit when scaling-up: A realist review protocol. BMJ Open 9(1).
  41. Ryan, P., McGrath, C., Lawrie, I., Fitzsimons, C., O’Shea, J., & De Brún, A. (2019). Enhancing efficiency in a cardiac investigations department by increasing remote patient monitoring. International Journal for Quality in Healthcare, in press.
  42. Scott, J., Dawson, P., Heavey, E., De Brún, A., Buttery, A., Waring, J., & Flynn, D. (2019). Content analysis of patient safety incident reports for older adult patient transfer, handovers and discharges: Do they serve organisations, staff or patients? Journal of Patient Safety, in press.
  43. Scott, J., Heavy, E., Waring, J., De Brún, A. & Dawson, P. (2019). Feasibility of implementing a survey for patients to provide safety experience feedback following a care transition. BMC Health Services Research, 19, 613.
  44. Smith, A., Macaden, L., Kroll, T., Alhusein, N., Taylor, A., Killick, K., . . . Watson, M. (2019). A qualitative exploration of the experiences of community dwelling older adults with sensory impairment/s receiving polypharmacy on their pharmaceutical care journey. Age and ageing, 48(6), 895-902. doi:10.1093/ageing/afz092
  45. Somanadhan, S., Dorris, E., Nicholson, E., & Kroll, T. (2019). Identifying Rare Disease Research Priorities: Rare Disease Research Partnership (RAinDRoP). In Euro-paediatrics.
  46. Teeling SP, Coetzee H, Phillips M, McKiernan M, Ní Shé É, Igoe A. (2019) Reducing risk of development or exacerbation of nutritional deficits by optimizing patient access to mealtime assistance.
  47. Travers, J., Romero-Ortuno, R., Bailey, J., Cooney, M-T. Delaying and reversing frailty: a systematic review of primary care interventions. Br J Gen Pract 2019; 69 (678): e61-e69. DOI: 10.3399/bjgp18X700241
  48. Van Bortel, T., Martin, S., Anjara, S., & Nellums, L. B. (2019). Perceived stressors and coping mechanisms of female migrant domestic workers in Singapore. PloS one, 14(3), e0210717.
  49. Ward M, McAuliffe E, Fitzsimons J, O'Donovan R. (2019). Informing healthcare team performance: Integrating data to improve Quality and Safety. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation 8(1):53-56
  50. Ward ME, Wakai A, McDowell R, Boland F, Coughlan E, Hamza M, Browne J, O’Sullivan R, Geary U, McDaid F, Ni She, É, Drummond, F.J, Deasy, C & McAuliffe, E. (2019) Developing outcome, process and balancing measures for an emergency department longitudinal patient monitoring system using a modified Delphi, BMC Emergency Medicine 19(1):14
  51. Ward, M, Ní Shé, E, Brún, A, Korpos, C, Hamza, M, Burke, E, Duffy, A, Egan, K, Geary, U, Holland, C, Grady, J, Robinson, K, Smith, A, Watson, A, McAuliffe, E. (2019). The co-design, implementation and evaluation of a serious board game 'PlayDecide Patient Safety' to educate junior doctors about patient safety and the importance of reporting safety concerns. BMC Medical Education.


  1. Levesque, J-F, O’Dowd, J., Ní Shé, É., Weenink, J-W., and Gunn, J. (2018) Moving regional health services planning and management to a population-based approach: implementation of the Regional Operating Model (ROM) in Victoria, Australia, Australian Health Review 24(4) 311-316
  2. Cunningham, U., Ward, M. E., De Brún, A., McAuliffe, E. (2018). Team interventions in healthcare, a systematic search of the literature using realist synthesis, BMC Health Services Research, 18(1), 536. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3331-3
  3. De Brún, A. & McAuliffe, E. (2018). Social network analysis as a methodological approach to explore health systems: A case study exploring support among senior managers/executives in a hospital network. International Journal for Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(3), 511.
  4. De Brún, A., Flynn, D., Ternent, L., Lancsar, E., Price, C. I., Rudd, M., Rodgers, H., Ford, G. A., Simpson, S., Teah, J., & Thomson, R. G. (2018). A novel design process for selection of attributes for inclusion in discrete choice experiments s: Case study exploring variation in clinical decision-making about thrombolysis in the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke, BMC Health Services Research, 18(1), 483.
  5. Ward, M., De Brún, A., Beirne, D., Conway, C., Cunningham, U., English, A., Fitzsimons, J., Furlong, E., Kane, Y., Kelly, A., McDonnell, S., McGinley, S., Monaghan, B., Myler, A., Nolan, E., O’Donovan, R., O’Shea, M., Shuhaiber, A., & McAuliffe, E. (2018). Using Co-Design to Develop a Collective Leadership Intervention for Healthcare Teams to Improve Safety Culture. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(6). doi:10.3390/ijerph15061182
  6. O'Donnell, D., Ní Shé, É., Davies, C. et al. Promoting assisted decision-making in acute care settings for care planning purposes: Study protocol [version 1; referees: 2 approved]. HRB Open Res 2018, 1:2 (doi: 10.12688/hrbopenres.12797.1)
  7. Ní Shé, É., Davies, C., Blake C et al. What are the mechanisms that enable the reciprocal involvement of seldom heard groups in health and social care research? A rapid realist review protocol [version 1; referees: 3 approved]. HRB Open Res 2018, 1:7 (doi: 10.12688/hrbopenres.12790.1
  8. Ní Shé, É. McCarthy, M., O'Donnell, D., Collins, O., Hughes, G., Salter, N. Cogan, L. ,O'Donoghue, C., McGrath, E. O’Donovan, J., Patton, A. and Cooney, M.T. (2018)  The systematic approach to improving care for Frail Older Patients (SAFE) study: A protocol for co-designing a frail older person’s pathway HRB Open Res 2018 1:9 doi: 10.12688/hrbopenres.12804.1
  9. Ní Shé, É., Burton, L. and Danaher, P., (eds; 2018) Social Capital and Enterprise in the Modern State, Palgrave MacMillan, Cham
  10. Ní Shé, É., Burton, L. and Danaher, P., (2018) ‘Enabling States, Capitalising Enterprise and Confronting the Social: Issues and Implications in Researching Contemporary Social Capital and Enterprise’ in Ní Shé É., Burton, L. and Danaher P., (eds;) Social Capital and Enterprise in the Modern State, Palgrave MacMillan, Cham pp. 3-19
  11. Gregg, M., Ní Shé, É., and Burton, L., (2018) ‘Stewarding Change? A discussion about the METRO Care Model in Regional Australia’ in Ní Shé É., Burton L. and Danaher P., (eds;) Social Capital and Enterprise in the Modern State, Palgrave MacMillan, Cham pp. 61-74
  12. Burton, L., Ní Shé, É.  and Olliver, S. (2018) ‘Men of Business ‘Pay it Forward’ Program: A Model for Building Social Capital in Disenfranchised Youth in Schools’ in Ní Shé É., Burton L. and Danaher P., (eds;) Social Capital and Enterprise in the Modern State, Palgrave MacMillan, Cham pp. 257-275
  13. Ní Shé, É., and Joye, R. (2018) ‘The Health Systems Workforce in an Era of Globalised Superdiversity – An example of a Global Care Chain Landscape in Ireland’ in Werth, S. & Brownlow, C. (2018). Work and Identity: Contemporary Perspectives on Workplace Diversity. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham pp. 101-116
  14. Ní Shé, É., Keogan, F., McAuliffe, E., O'Shea, D., McCarthy, M., McNamara, R., Cooney, M.T. (2018) 'Undertaking a Collaborative Rapid Realist Review to Investigate What Works in the Successful Implementation of a Frail Older Person’s Pathway'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (199). doi:10.3390/ijerph15020199



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  3. Abimanyi-Ochom, J., Mannan, H., Groce, N.E., McVeigh, J. (2017) HIV/AIDS knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of persons with and without disabilities from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey 2011: Differential access to HIV/AIDS information and services. PLoS ONE 12(4): e0174877.
  4. Visagie, S., Eide, A.H., Dyrstad, K., Mannan, H., Swartz, L., Schneider, M. et al. (2017) Factors related to environmental barriers experienced by persons with and without disabilities in diverse African settings. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186342.
  5. Gilmore, B., MacLachlan, M., McVeigh, J., McClean, C., Carr, S., Duttine, A., Mannan, H., McAuliffe, E., Mji, G., Eide, A.H. and Hem, K.G., (2017). A study of human resource competencies required to implement community rehabilitation in less resourced settings. Human Resources for Health15(1), p.70.
  6. Visagie, S., Eide, A.H., Mannan, H., Schneider, M., Swartz, L., Mji, G., Munthali, A., Khogali, M., van Rooy, G., Hem, K.G. and MacLachlan, M., (2017) A description of assistive technology sources, services and outcomes of use in a number of African settings. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology12(7), pp.705-712.
  7. Mwendwa, P., McAuliffe E, Ogenna U, et al. The Impact of Supportive Supervision on the Implementation of HRM processes; A Mixed-Methods study in Tanzania. Health Syst Policy Res. 2017, 4:1. doi: 10.21767/2254-9137.100066 
  8. Valentine, L., Kroll T, Bruce, F., Lim, C., Mountain, R. (2017) Design Thinking for Social Innovation in Healthcare. The Design Journal (accepted).
  9. Morris, J.H., Kelly C., Joice, S., Kroll. T., Mead, G., Donnan, P., Toma, M., Williams, B. (2017) Art participation during stroke rehabilitation for improvement of psychosocial outcomes: a feasibility randomised controlled trial. Disability and Rehabilitation
  10. Fulton, R., Kroll, T., McMurdo, M., Molloy, G.J., Witham, M. (2017) Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence in Heart Failure – A Systematic Review. Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 6(3), 962-970. 
  11. Cunningham K, Kroll T, Wells M (2017) Development of the Cancer-related Loneliness Assessment Tool (C-LAT): Using the Findings of a Qualitative Analysis to Generate Questionnaire Items. European Journal of Cancer Care, DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12769.
  12. Baldie, D., Guthrie, B., Entwistle, V., Kroll, T. (2017) Exploring the impact and use of patients’ feedback about their care experiences in general practice settings – a realist synthesis. Family Practice, cmx067
  13. McAuliffe, E., De Brún, A., Ward, M., O’Shea, M., Cunningham, U., O’Donovan, R., McGinley, S., Fitzsimons, J., Corrigan, S. and McDonald, N. (2017).Collective Leadership and Safety Cultures (Co-Lead): Protocol for a pilot evaluation of the impact of a co-designed collective leadership intervention on team performance and safety culture in Ireland. BMJ Open, in press.
  14. Shan, L., Henchion, M., De Brún, A., Murrin, C., Wall, P., & Monahan, P. (2017) Factors that predict consumer acceptance of processed meat based functional foods. Meat Science, 133, 185-193.
  15. Kieran, M., Cleary, M., De Brún, A., & Igoe, A. (2017) Supply and Demand: Application of Lean Six Sigma methods to improve drug round efficiency and release nursing time. International Journal for Quality in Healthcare, in press.
  16. Timba-Emmanuel T., Kroll, T., Renfrew, N. J. and  Steve MacGillivray (2017) Understanding the experiences of married Southern African women in protecting themselves from HIV/AIDS: a systematic review and meta-synthesis. Ethnicity & Health. 
  17. Zubala, A., Mac Gillivray S., Frost, H. , Kroll, T., Skelton, D. A., Gavine, A., Gray, N.M., Toma M.,   Morris, J. (2017).  “Promotion of physical activity interventions for community dwelling older adults: A systematic review of reviews”. PLOS ONE 12(7).
  18. Shan, L. C., De Brún, A., Henchion, M., Li, C., Murrin, C., Wall, P. G., & Monahan, F. J. (2017). Consumer evaluations of processed meat products reformulated to be healthier– A conjoint analysis study. Meat Science, 131, 82-89.
  19. McSwiggan L., Kroll T., Marston J., Campbell M., Kelly T. (2017) Information sharing and knowledge exchange with respite care services for older adults: A qualitative exploration of carers’ experiences. Health and Social Care in the Community (accepted).
  20. Breckenridge J, Devaney J, Duncan F, Kroll T, Lazenbatt A, Taylor J, Bradbury-Jones C (2017) Conducting Sensitive Research With Disabled Women Who Experience Domestic Abuse During Pregnancy: Lessons From a Qualitative Study. SAGE Research Methods Cases.
  21. Mji, G., Braathen, S. H., Vergunst, R., Scheffler, E., Kritzinger, J., Mannan, H., & Visagie, S. (2017) Exploring the interaction of activity limitations with context, systems, community and personal factors in accessing public health care services: A presentation of South African case studies. African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine9(1), 1-9.
  22. De Brún, A., Flynn, D., Ternent, L., Price, C. I., Rodgers, H., Ford, G. A., Rudd, M., Lancsar, E., Simpson, S., Teah, J., & Thomson, R. G. (2017) ”Factors that influence clinicians’ decisions to offer intravenous alteplase in acute ischaemic stroke patients with uncertain treatment indication: results of a discrete choice experiment.” International Journal of Stroke.
  23. Ward, M., McAuliffe, E., Wakai, A., Geary, U., Browne, J., Deasy, C., Schull, M., Boland, F., McDaid, F., Coughlan, E., O’Sullivan, R. (2017) Study protocol for evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of an emergency department longitudinal patient monitoring system using a mixed-methods approach, BMC Health Services Research  17:67.
  24. Vallières, F., McAuliffe, E., Hyland, P., Galligan, M., & Ghee, A. (2017) Measuring work engagement among community health workers in Sierra Leone: Validating the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale. Revista de Psicología del Trabajo y de las Organizaciones 


  1. Kieran, M., Cleary, M., Teeling, S., Creed, M. & Meegan, C. (2016) 'Supply and demand: Reducing the time to complete the oral drug administration round'. European Journal of Hospital Pharmacy: Science and Practice, 23 (Supplement 1): A172.2-A173. 
  2. Feeney, A., Barry, T., Hayden, D., Higgins, L., Kavanagh, E., MacMahon, P., O'Reilly, M., Teeling, S.P., Kelly, P.J., Murphy, S. (2016) 'Pre-Hospital Fast Positive Cases Identified by DFB Ambulance Paramedics: Final Clinical Diagnosis'.Irish Medical Journal, 4 (109):109-110.
  3. Hayden D., Byrne C., Higgins L., O’Reilly M., Teeling S.P., MacMahon P., Kavanagh E., Kelly P., Murphy, S. (2016) Lean Six Sigma: A Highly-Effective Approach to Reducing Door-to-Needle Times in Acute Ischemic Stroke. International Journal of Stroke
  4. O’Toole R., Murphy C., Hogan K., Mullen E., Igoe A., Teeling S.P., Power D. and Duggan J. (2016) Utilisation of Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodologies in acute hip fracture care of the older person. Age and Ageing 45: ii13–ii56 doi: 10.1093/ageing/afw159.83
  5. Coughlan, E., Geary, U., Wakai, A., O’Sullivan, R., Browne, J., Ward, M., McAuliffe, E., McDaid, F., Deasy, C. (2016) An introduction to the Emergency Department Adult Clinical Escalation Protocol: ED-ACE. Emergency Medicine Journal. 0:1-5. 
  6. Vallières, F., McAuliffe, E., van Bavel, B., Wall, P.J. & Trye, A. (2016) There’s no app for that: Assessing the impact of mHealth on the supervision, motivation, engagement and satisfaction of community health workers in Sierra Leone. Annals of Global Health, 82(5), 936-949.
  7. Larkan, F., Uduma, O., Lawal, S. A., & van Bavel, B. (2016). Developing a framework for successful research partnerships in global health. Globalization and Health, 12(1), 17.
  8. De Brún, A., Heavey, E., Waring, J., Dawson, P., & Scott, J. (2016) “PReSaFe: A model of barriers and facilitators to patients providing feedback on experiences of safety.” Health Expectations.
  9. McAuliffe, E., Galligan, M., Revill, P., Kamwendo, F, Sidat, M., DePinho, H. and Araujo, E. (2016) “Factors influencing Job Preferences of Health workers providing Obstetric Care: Results from Discrete Choice Experiments in Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania”. Globalization and Health, 12(86).
  10. Chipeta, E., Bradley, S., Chimwaza-Manda, W., McAuliffe, E. (2016) “Working Relationships between Obstetric Care staff and their Managers: Critical Incident Analysis”. BMC Health Services Research, 16 (441).
  11. Agyapong, V., Farren, C. and McAuliffe, E. (2016) “Improving Ghana's mental healthcare through task-shifting- psychiatrists and health policy directors perceptions about government’s commitment and the role of community mental health workers”. Globalization and Health, 12(57).
  12. Gilmore, B., Adams, B., Bartoloni, A., Alhaydar, B., McAuliffe, E., Raven, J., Taegtmeyer, M. & Vallières, F. (2016) 'Improving the performance of community health workers in humanitarian emergencies: a realist evaluation protocol for the PIECES programme', BMJ Open, 6 .
  13. Gilmore, B., McAuliffe, E., Larkan, F., Vallieres, F, Mollel, H., & Tumwesigye, N.M (2016) 'How do community health committees contribute to capacity building for maternal and child health?: A realist evaluation protocol', BMJ Open.
  14. McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., Gilmore, B., McClean, C., Eide, A.E., Mannan, H., Geiser, P., Duttine, A., Mji, G., McAuliffe, E., Sprunt, B., Amin, M. & Normand, C. (2016) 'Promoting good policy for leadership and governance of health related rehabilitation: a realist synthesis', Globalization and Health, 12 (49).
  15. Vallières, F., Cassidy, E.L., McAuliffe, E., Gilmore, B., Bangura, A.S. and Musa J. (2016) 'Can Sierra Leone maintain the equitable delivery of their Free Health Care Initiative? The case for more contextualised interventions: results of a cross-sectional survey', BMC Health Services Research, 16 (258).
  16. McVeigh, J., MacLachlan, M., Gilmore, B., McClean, C., Eide, A. H., Mannan, H., & Sprunt, B. (2016). Promoting good policy for leadership and governance of health related rehabilitation: a realist synthesis. Globalization and health12(1), 49.
  17. MacLachlan, M., Mannan, H., Huss, T., Munthali, A., & Amin, M. (2016) Policies and processes for social inclusion: using EquiFrame and EquIPP for policy dialogue: comment on" Are sexual and reproductive health policies designed for all? Vulnerable groups in policy documents of four European countries and their involvement in policy development". International journal of health policy and management5(3), 193.
  18. Cho, H. Y., MacLachlan, M., Clarke, M., & Mannan, H. (2016) Accessible home environments for people with functional limitations: a systematic review. International journal of environmental research and public health13(8), 826.
  19. Munthali, A. C., Mannan, H., MacLachlan, M., & Swartz, L. (2016) Seeking Biomedical and Traditional Treatment is a Spiritual Lapse Among Zionists: A Case Study of the Zion Church in Malawi. Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies39(2).
  20. Visagie, S., Eide, A. H., Mannan, H., Schneider, M., Swartz, L., Mji, G.,& MacLachlan, M. (2016) A description of assistive technology sources, services and outcomes of use in a number of African settings. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 1-8.
  21. Hussey, M. M., & Mannan, H. (2016) China’s Mental Health Law: Analysis of Core Concepts of Human Rights and Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development26(4), 117-137.
  22. Maclachlan, M., Mannan, H., Huss, T., Embong, A. R., & Mji, G. (2016). Macropsychology: The Psychology of Policy. International Journal of Psychology51, 926-927.
  23. Killen, A., Flynn, D., De Brún, A., O’Brien, N., O’Brien, J., Thomas, A. J., & Taylor, J. P. (2016). Support and information needs following a diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies. International Psychogeriatrics28(03), 495-501.
  24. De Brún, A., Shan, L., Regan, Á., McConnon, Á., & Wall, P. (2016) Exploring coverage of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis in the Irish and UK newsprint media. Health communication31(10), 1235-1241.
  25. Levesque, J-F, O’Dowd, J., Ní Shé, É., Weenink, J-W., and Gunn, J., 2016). ‘Moving health services planning to a population-based approach: an evaluation of the Regional Operating Model (ROM) in Victoria, Australia’ Australian Health Review
  26. Ryan, R., Wortley, L., and Ní Shé, É. (2016) ’Evaluations of post-disaster recovery: a review of practice material’ Evidence Base-(4):1-33
  27. Ryan, R., Hastings, C., Grant, B., Lawrie, A., Ní Shé, É., Wortley, L., (2016) ‘The Australian Experience of Municipal Amalgamation: Asking the Citizenry and Exploring the Implications’ Australian Journal of Public Administration 75(3):373-390
  28. Uwizeye G, Lee B, Kroll T. (2016) Health System Re-Design Following Sexual Violence During the Genocide in Rwanda. Editorial. International Journal of Public Health 61(8), 959–960. 
  29. Fulford H, McSwiggan L, Kroll T, MacGillivray S (2016). Exploring the use of information and communication technology by people with mood disorder: A systematic review and meta-synthesis. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Mental Health 3(3) DOI: 10.2196/mental.5966.
  30. Morris J, Oliver T, Kroll T, Joice S, Williams B (2016) Physical activity participation in community dwelling stroke survivors: synergy and dissonance between motivation and capability. A qualitative study. Physiotherapy, doi:10.1016/ 
  31. Niemäla, M., Marshall, C.A., Kroll, T., Curran, M., Silverberg Koerner ,S., Räsänen, S., Garcia, F. (2016) Family-Focused Preventive Interventions with Cancer Cosurvivors: A Call to Action. American Journal of Public Health, 106(8), 1381-1387. 
  32. Adams J, Kroll T, Broom (2016) Prevalence of Glucosamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acid Use and Characteristics of Users Among Mid-Age Women: Analysis of a Nationally Representative Sample of 10,638 Women. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging 20(6):637-644.
  33. Azar M, Kroll T, Bradbury-Jones C. (2016) Lebanese women and sexuality: A qualitative inquiry. Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare, 8, 13-18. 
  34. Bradbury-Jones, C., Breckenridge, J.P., Devaney, J., Duncan, F., Kroll, T., Lazenbatt, A., Taylor, J. (2016) Priorities and strategies for improving disabled women’s access to maternity services when they are affected by domestic abuse: a multi-method study using concept maps. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth.
Our News & Dissemination Activities

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

At the 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

L-R: Prof. Gerard Fealy, Dr. Naomi Mutea, Prof. Eilish McAuliffe, Ms. Maryjoy Kaimuri, Dr. Gabrielle O'Kelly, Dr. Purity Mwendwa.


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.

We welcome those who are currently undertaking research as well as those who have not engaged with research for some time and would like to rekindle their interest. The conversations are open to any member of staff interested in hearing about what research is going on as well as those who have ideas for research and would like some support to get their ideas off the ground or to connect with potential collaborators. Thank you to Dr Alison Buick, Dr Aoife DeBrún, Dr Deirdre O'Donnell, Dr Denise O'Leary and Dr Éidín Ní Shé for sharing their knowledge and insights and to all those from the schools and hospitals who have participated to date! 

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

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).

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