Research Theme: Health

 

Name: Kwadwo Owusu Akuffo
Institution: Waterford Institute of Technology
Contact: kakuffo@wit.ie
Completion: December 2013

Project: Prevalence of age-related macular degeneration and its associated risk factors in the Republic of Ireland.

 


 

Name: Annette Burns
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Contact: annetteburns@rcsi.ie
Completion: October 2017

Project: I intend to use the dataset to explore rates of smoking and smoking-related illnesses with those with mental health difficulties. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Mental Health and Alcohol Consumption and Smoking.

 


 

Name: Paula Byrne
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: pbyrne82@gmail.com
Completion: Withheld

Project: I am a PhD student on the SPHeRE (HRB) programme. The title of my proposed thesis is 'Medicalisation in Ireland - a mixed methods analysis using the case of statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease'. The aim of this research is to ascertain if there is over-use and/or medicalisation in Ireland in the context of hypercholesterolaemia and statin prescription for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Three key questions will be addressed: How has medicalisation of hypercholesterolaemia in Ireland come about? Does this constitute over-use of statins?; what are the drivers of medicialisation in the context of statins? and what are the implications of medicalisation in the context of statins?

 


 

Name: Luca Cattelani
Institution: University of Bologna
Contact: luca.cattelani@unibo.it
Completion: December 2014

Project: The research group I am working in, part of BioLab, is validating and improving a tool for fall risk estimation having the temporary name of FFRAT, developed as part of the European project Farseeing. We are interested in epidemiological data containing falls and fall risk factors, to further tune and validate the instrument.

 


 

Name: Shelly Chakraborty
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: shelly.chakraborty@ucc.ie
Completion: December 2018

Project: The main objectives of my PhD work and the intended use of the datasets are as follows: Quantifying the burden of cancer and selected NCDs (diabetes, cardiovascular, stroke, respiratory disorders) in the Republic of Ireland. Mapping the burden of cancer using Bayesian methods across socio-economic groups in Ireland. Burden of disease and the population health impact of selected risk factors (smoking, physical inactivity, dietary intake, obesity and alcohol intake) for the Republic of Ireland. Measure the trends in life-style factors for CVD and cancer mortality. We would quantify the trends in the different lifestyle factors over the different time period across the Republic of Ireland. 

 


 

Name: Sheelah Connolly
Institution: ESRI
Contact: sheelah.connolly@esri.ie
Completion: December 2018

 

Project: Researchers at the ESRI are currently developing a projection model of healthcare demand and expenditure. This involves estimating current utilisation of a range of health and social care services as well estimates of unmet need for various services. The requested data will be used to quantify utilisation of various health and social care services disaggregated by age and gender including hospital and primary care services. In addition, the data will be used to explore unmet healthcare needs among the cohort. Unmet need will be assessed from the question about primary/community care services which the individual did not receive but which they felt they had a need. Funder: Department of Health.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Medical Services Utilisation.

 


 

Name: Valentina Conti
Institution: University of Rome Tor Vergeta
Contact: conti@economia.uniroma2.it
Completion: December 2015

Project: We need micro-level TILDA data to use them within a Microsimulation project on health outcomes invloving many European Countries. 

 


 

Name: Sorcha Corry
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: sorchacorry073@gmail.com
Completion: Withheld

Project:  I am a health economic master's student at NUI Galway and am currently doing my dissertation on the cost of heart failure in Ireland. I hope to address both the direct and indirect cost of the chronic condition; taking a societal perspective. 

 


 

Name: Breda Cosgrove
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: bredacosgrove@gmail.com
Completion: July 2014

Project: Cross-national analysis of factors relating to elderly health outcomes.

 


 

Name: Sinead Crowe
Institution: University of Southampton
Contact: sineadcrowe@gmail.com
Completion: January 2014

Project: As part of MSc Gerontology programme at the University of Southampton, I wish to complete a secondary analysis using TILDA (wave 1) of frailty in the oldest old (+85) investigating and comparing health outcomes for frail older people living in Ireland and England (using ELSA). 

 


 

Name: Loretto Mary Cunningham
Institution: University of Ulster
Contact: ccunningham-l14@email.ulster.ac.uk
Completion: September 2015

Project: Investigating the prevalence of multimorbidity in persons 50 years of age and over using the TILDA dataset. The analysis is to be carried out as part of my dissertation for an MSc in Health Psychology with the University of Ulster. 

 


 

Name: Maureen D'Eath
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Contact: maureendeath@rcsi.ie
Completion: April 2016

Project: We are conducting a study, funded by the Irish Heart Foundation, titled Irish Heart Failure Patients Living in the Community, 2015. The aim of this research is to seek the experiences of heart failure patients, and caregivers and the health care providers, following the acute phase of heart failure and their return to the community. There is a need to minimise the impact of HF through community health services and maximise patient's quality of life. This study will inform how the Irish Heart Foundation can best serve the patient's needs in relation to support, information, education and advice. It will also inform the IHF how to deliver important social, personal and informational services beyond the remit and expertise of the HSE. This is a mixed methods study and includes a quantitative survey of patients and care-givers. This is a mixed methods study and includes a quantitative survey of patients and care-givers. The survey was designed to allow for comparison of some of the questions scales with TILDA data. Specifically, we would like to compare some of the demographic data and the data from the HADS and Berkman Syme Network Scale. We are also interested in the prevalence of heart failure documented in the TILDA data.

 


 

Name: Seraphim Dempsey
Institution: ESRI
Contact: seraphim.dempsey@esri.ie
Completion: July 2017

Project: Our aim is to use the data as part of a study of how environmental quality affects both the short-term and long-term health of people over the age of 65 in Ireland. Funder: ESRI Environment Research Programme.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Environmental

 


 

Name: Mariachiara Di Cesare
Institution: Imperial College London
Contact: m.di-cesare@imperial.ac.uk
Completion: December 2015

Project: The aim of our research is to estimate country/region trends in major risk factors (body mass index, cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose). The data we are including in the analysis are from population-based surveys and the methods are those for dealing with missing data, generally in a Bayesian framework. The TILDA study will be used to estimate prevalence of hypertension/diabetes/hypercholesterolemia/obesity in addition to risk factors means by age and sex.

 


 

Name: Lorraine Fahy
Institution: Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Contact: lorraine.fahy@publichealth.ie
Completion: December 2017

Project: The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), in collaboration with other research partners, is undertaking a project to estimate the lifetime costs of childhood overweight and obesity. Prof. Kevin Balanda manages Work Package 4 of the Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity (JANPA) and IPH is collaborating with a research team led by Prof Ivan Perry (UCC) on a safefood-funded study on the costs of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland. A main objective of JANPA WP4 and the safefood study involves fitting forecasting models using data, such as BMI and healthcare utilisation, from a range of cross-sectional surveys and other data sources, with high priority given to up-to-date data. The Healthy Ireland survey results are of key importance here with variables of interest including BMI, metabolic risk classification, and primary healthcare utilisation. Also, the TILDA survey results are of key importance with variables of interest including height and weight, doctor diagnosed conditions, and primary healthcare utilisation. JANPA is a 27 months project, started on September 2015 and will continue until November 2017. The Health Well contains a number of exploratory tools that allow users to compare indicators across areas, examine relationship between multiple indicators, and examine trends in indicators over time. Including some of the data from the most recent Healthy Ireland survey such as smoking behaviour, physical activity, and mental wellbeing, will ensure users will have the most up-to-date information and evidence on the health and wellbeing of the Irish population. Including some of the data from TILDA such as smoking behaviour, alcohol consumption, physical activity, and mental wellbeing, will ensure users will have the most up-to-date information and evidence on the health and wellbeing of the Irish population aged 50 years and over. Updating the exploratory tools is an on-going task, but we would aim to add HI and TILDA data by the end of 2016. IPH would like to use Healthy Ireland and TILDA to further explore methodologies for estimating and forecasting the prevalence of chronic health conditions among adults using more recent data. We aim to complete this work by the end of 2017.

 


 

Name: Helen French
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Contact: hfrench@rcsi.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: Do gait parameters vary in self-reported OA between those with or without self-reported pain?

 


 

Name: Rose Galvin
Institution: University of Limerick
Contact: rose.galvin@ul.ie
Completion: December 2015

Project: To examine the prevalence of falls and the risk factors associated with falls in people with stroke and compare to age and gender matched individual without a stroke. Risk factors will include physical function, cognitive function and environmental factors. 

 


 

Name: Steven Haas
Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Contact: sah49@psu.edu
Completion: January 2015

Project: This project investigates the long term impact of poor childhood health and socioeconomic circumstances on later life health outcomes. TILDA will be used in conjunction with the US Health and Retirement Study (HRS), the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) and the Survey of Health, Aging and Retirement in European (SHARE) in a cross-national comparative analysis.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Poverty, Socioeconomic Status and Inequality.

 


 

Name: Trutz Haase
Institution: Trutz Haase Social and Economic Consultant
Contact: mail@trutzhaase.eu
Completion: 2016

Project: The aim of this project is to identify appropriate analytical tools for exploring  the determinants of specific health conditions as they evolve over time. By focusing on temporal dynamics, we aim to develop the capacity of the HSE and assocaited agencies to monitor trends in relation to health and to assess the impacts of public interventions, against the backdrop of demographic change, variations in behaviour and innovations in clinical practice. 

 


 

Name: Terence Hynes
Institution: Department of Health
Contact: Terence_hynes@health.gov.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: For use in formulation of health policy. Of particular interest is demographic data by region, data on health, food consumption, deprivation.

 


 

Name: Apoorva Jadhav
Institution: University of Michigan
Contact: anjadhav@umich.edu
Completion: Withheld

Project: I am comparing all HRS sister studies to document widowhood and effect on poverty and health. Adding the TILDA would be a good comparison within Europe (With SHARE and ELSA), and with the US.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Poverty, Socioeconomic Status and Inequality.

 


 

Name: Liz Johnson
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: lizjohnson_11@hotmail.com
Completion: September 2014

Project: I will be incorporating the TILDA data into my thesis for a Master's in Public Health and Epidemiology. I plan to use data from TILDA to compare the gait speed of older adults in the Irish community to the gait speed of older adults with subclinical hypothyroidism. 

 


 

Name: Aoife Lane
Institution: Waterford Institute of Technology
Contact: alane@wit.ie
Completion: April 2016

Project: I am involved in a group who have successfully received funding through CARDI to describe the physical activity and overall health status of older adults living in Ireland using existing data sets (including TILDA, SLAN, Irish Sports Monitor). This is a cross border research initiative and collaborators and data from Northern Ireland are also being included in the analysis.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Physical Activity.

 


 

Name: Richard Layte
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: layter@tcd.ie
Completion: 2016

Project: Examining how patterns of social contact and social support vary across the population of older people in Ireland and whether this has an impact on health and well being. To what extent does the availability of a spouse and other social support mediate the relationship between chronic illness and quality of life (CASP19)? Are more diverse and frequent patterns of social support associated with slower cognitive decline in older age? Does the availability of social support within and outside the home influence utilisation of formal healthcare? The transition to retirement is a major life transition where many settled patterns of social contact are disturbed with possible consequences for the quality of marital relationships. Conversely, older age can also lead to the availability of time that can be used to develop relationships with children and grandchildren. What are the patterns of contact with grand-children?

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Community and Social Support and Quality of Life and Wellbeing .

 


 

Name: Ignacio Madero-Cabib
Institution: Universidad Diego Portales
Contact: ignacio.madero@mail.udp.ci
Completion: Withheld

Project: The intended use is to perform a cross-national postdoctoral research on the effect of occupational trajectories and retirement timing over older adults’ health. 

This research project is also recorded under the themes: Work and Employment and Retirement

 


 

Name: Gabrielle McKee
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: gmckee@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: An analysis of the factors that influence physical activity in the older adult, and the influence of physical activity on disease, in particular coronary artery disease. This study will determine the influence of sociodemographic and health factors on physical activity and the relationship/impact of physical activity on cardiovascular risk factors and health. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Physical Activity.

 


 

Name: Abigail McLain
Institution: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
Contact: abbyem@uw.edu
Completion: Withheld

Project: IHME leads the development of the Global Burden of Disease project, which consists of 967 international experts from 104 countries. GBD is a yearly systematic assessment of the data on all diseases and injuries, and provides a comprehensive and comparable estimate of the burden of diseases, injuries and risk factors for 188 countries. IHME will use the requested data to improve disease and risk factor estimates for GBD 2014 and future annual updates. GBD will produce comprehensive estimates of burden of diseases, injuries and risk factors by country, year, age and sex. GBD 2013 will release the point estimates and 95% uncertainty intervals by country for the following variables. Future versions will include the same or similar estimations - all-cause mortality rates (1970-2013); deaths by cause (1980-2013); years of life lost due to premature mortality (YLLs) by cause (1990-2013); years lived with disability (YLDs) by cause (1990-2013); years lived with disability (YLDs) by sequelae (1990-2013); deaths attributable to the independent effects of risk factors and clusters of risk factors (1990-2013); YLLs attribute to the independent effects of risk factors and clusters of risk factors (1990-2013); prevalence of exposure to each risk factor; relative risks of mortality for each risk-outcome pair; YLDs attributable to the independent effects of risk factors and clusters of risk factors (1990-2013); DALYs attribute to the independent effects of risk factors and clusters of risk factors (1990-2013) and health life expectancy (HALE) by country (1990-2013).

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Ageing and Mortality.

 


 

Name: Patrick Moran
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: moranp@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: HRB PhD in Health Services Research - a cost effectiveness analysis of a screening programme for atrial fibrillation. This work is also being done as part of a research project in HIQA. I will use the TILDA data on the prevelance of Afib in over 50's and the associated healthcare usage to estimate the cost-effectiveness of an Irish screening programme. 

 


 

Name: Elaine Murtagh
Institution: Mary Immaculate College
Contact: elaine.murtagh@mic.ul.ie
Completion: December 2014

Project: To examine the relationship between physical participation and health status in older adults.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Physical Activity.

 


 

Name: Helen O'Donnell
Institution: NUIG
Contact: h.odonnell2@nuigalway.ie
Completion: Withheld

 

Project: The data will inform a masters' thesis in health economics assessing heart failure demographics, humanistic burden resource use and pharmaceutical management. This thesis will also aim to examine changes or variance observed between wave 1 and wave 2 of the data. 

 


 

Name: Mary-Ann O'Donovan
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Contact: maryannodonovan@rcsi.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: My PhD thesis is concerned with the housing transitions of older people with intellectual disability and the impact on health and health service use. An element of the study is a comparison with the general population of older people as well as older people with other functional limitations.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Disability and Medical Services Utilisation.

 


 

Name: Shaun O'Keeffe
Institution: Galway University Hospitals
Contact: sokeeffe@hse.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: Quinine continues to be widely used for the treatment of leg cramps despite concerns about irs relative ineffectiveness and potential for causing serious adverse effects. Although still licenced for this indication in Ireland, albeit with recommendations to limit use to those with severe cramps and to regularly review the need for treatment, quinine treatment for cramp is now discouraged in other countries including the USA and Australia. Quinine toxicity, even at usually prescribed doses, is most common in older people who are also most likely to suffer from nocturnal leg cramps. I am interested in using the TILDA databases to determine the prevalence and demographic determinants of quinine use in an older Irish population as well as any association with potential side effects including visual and hearing loss, vertigo and dizziness.  

 


 

Name: Keith Patterson
Institution: NUI Galway
Contact: keith.patterson@outlook.com
Completion: Withheld

Project: I am currently conducting a health of illness study in relation to hypercholesterolemia in Ireland. As a result, I need to request data which relates to people over 50 attending their GP and whether they have been tested for high cholesterol and how many GP visits they make as a result if they are found to have high cholesterol. That is the kind of data which will be very helpful in determining incidence rates and patient pathways which are vital to obtain when conducting a cost of illness study. 

 


 

Name: Helen Purtill
Institution: University of Limerick
Contact: helen.purtill@ul.ie
Completion: June 2017

Project: The data will be analysed as part of a research project into the risk factors associated with pain in older Irish people. 

 


 

Name: Clare Quigley
Institution: Irish College of Ophthalmologists
Contact: quigleyclare@gmail.com
Completion: Withheld

Project: Economics of cataract surgery: is higher income associated with higher rates of cataract surgery? At present waiting lists for cataract surgery in public hospitals exceed 18 months, many are waiting longer for surgery. Research question: is there a higher rate of surgery evident at population level in those of higher income, potentially due to access to surgery privately?. Intended for presentation at international research meeting (European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) and subsequent publication. 

 


 

Name: Peter Ross
Institution: National College of Ireland
Contact: pjfross@hotmail.com
Completion: August 2016

Project: I am doing a research project for my NCI course in data analytics. I want to use health and wellbeing data for this machine learning project to predict health outcomes based on associated data.

 


 

Name: Simone Schneider
Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Contact: sschneid@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: The requested datasets will be used for research on health, health inequalities and access to health care services in Ireland within the framework of the Norface funded research project HEALTHDOX (2015-2018). HEALTHDOX is an international collaborative research project which aims to explore future trajectories of European health politics and policies through an investigation of the impact of recent health reforms on health inequalities, health expenditures, and public attitudes towards both the health system and the welfare state. It will investigate health policy developments from 1990 to the present in Estonia, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. The impact of these policy changes will be analysed using quantitative data found in both national and international sources. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Medical Services Utilisation.

 


 

Name: Keishia Taylor
Institution: TobaccoFree Research Institute 
Contact: ktaylor@tri.ie
Completion: August 2017

 

Project: It is widely acknowledged that smoking among men and women has followed different trajectories over the last 100 years, particularly according to socioeconomic status, in a model known as the Tobacco Epidemic. My previous study has described this model among Irish older adults and it is intended to update and develop the previous work using the more recent, wave 2 data.

 


 

Name: Sean Whelan
Institution: University College Cork
Contact: s.whelan@rocketmail.com
Completion: August 2015

Project: This study seeks to look at a large, nationally representative sample of Irish people aged over 50, to look at the association between diabetes and mental impairment, to examine the patterns of mental abilities affected by diabetes and then to look at the path by which diabetes may lead to the impairment of mental abilities.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Mental Health

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

Project: Masters in Public health dissertation. I hope to look at Type 2 Diabetes in the over 50s in Ireland: what are the population characteristics, prevalence, health behaviour patterns and have they changed between wave 1 and wave 2. 

 


Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: December 2016

Project: The aim is to analyse data from TILDA to estimate the prevalence and incidence of falls among older people with diabetes in Ireland and examine whether there is an independent association between diabetes and falls in this group. The prevalence of falls, recurrence and fear of falling will be estimated among people with and without diabetes. Using data from waves 1 and 2 of the study, the incidence of falling in this population will be compared to the general population without diabetes. Multivariate logic regression will be used to examine the independent association between diabetes and the occurrence of falls, adjusting for potential confounding factors including age, cardiovascular events (MI, stroke, angina), cerebrovascular disease, hypertension, exercise, education levels, physical functioning and polypharmacy. Sub-group analysis will be conducted to identify the risk factors associated with falling among those within the diabetic population. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Cognitive Functioning.

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: logreene@tcd.ie
Completion: Withheld

Project: The proposed research aims to describe sleep quality and patterns experienced by older Irish adults and to identify the factors that contribute to poor sleep quality in the aged. It is widely accepted that sleep is vital to normal functioning therefore it is paramount to understand what affects it. The implication of this research will provide nurses and health care professionals with this knowledge. It will highlight the importance of asking patients about their quality of sleep and treating it accordingly.

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: Withheld

Project: I wish to investigate hearing with a team of final year Speech and Language Therapy students. For example, the relationship between hearing and language and cognitive function in older adults; use of hearing aids by older Irish adults with hearing difficulties; the relationship between job history, employment, retirement and hearing in later life; the relationship between childhood health and hearing function in later life; the relationship between behavioural health and hearing function in older adults; the relationship between mental health and hearing in later life; the relationship between falls and hearing function in older adults; the association between social relationships and hearing function in older adults; the relationship between social participation and hearing function in older adults; the relationship between activities of daily living and hearing function in older adults and the relationship between cardiovascular diseases and hearing function.

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Cognitive Functioning.

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: June 2016

Project: I am currently completing a masters in public health. I will examine the factors influencing uptake of the seasonal influenza vaccine. 

This research project is also recorded under the theme: Medical Services Utilisation.

 


 

Name: Withheld
Institution: Withheld
Contact: Withheld
Completion: December 2015

Project: To compare a cohort of 117 COPD patients in Beaumont hospital to norms in terms of scores on brief neuropsychology measure (i.e. MOCA) and also in terms of the following variables: hospital utilizations; physical functions; medical comorbidities; quality of life; health, well-being; history of smoking and medications. 

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