The UCD research strategy aims to address the challenges that will shape Ireland’s future and its role in the world, and Health is one of UCD’s six priority research themes. Research in health underpins the design of integrated and inter-professional care pathways, encompassing interventions in hospital and community-based services. It informs our understanding of health care practices and consumers’ experiences of health systems, and it also informs health care leadership, with the aim of improving services, ensuring public safety and promoting health equalities and better health outcomes.
Research Vision and Mission
A key part of our School mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge through research and scholarship. Through our research and scholarship, our School aims to become one of Europe’s leading schools with an international reputation for excellence and impact in interdisciplinary research in healthcare. Our research will continue to contribute new evidence that informs health policy, service planning and clinical practice. We are committed to developing knowledge that informs health and social policy and advance professional practice in nursing, midwifery and the wider health system, both nationally and internationally. Our research is developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, including patients and members of the public, and health and social care professionals. We train the next generation of researchers through our graduate research programmes.
Key Characteristics of Our Research
Our research is:
- Based on rigorous scientific inquiry, using a range of methods
- Conducted by experts in social and experimental research in health care
- Informed by systematic evidence review and synthesis
- Informed by patient and public involvement
- Committed to community engagement and public outreach
- Individual, population and systems focused
- Life-span in its orientation