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Population and Community Health


Chronic Illness Management

Chronic illness is a multi-dimensional construct that has become centre-stage across healthcare systems worldwide. Chronic Illnesses present major health and life-style challenges for the person who is diagnosed with a chronic condition and for the healthcare service.
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Current projects

  • The Nature of the Contribution of Family Carers to the Process of Caring for Frail, Ill and People with Disabilities in Ireland' PI: Prof Catherine Comiskey and Dr John Dinsmore
  • Chlorhexidine Gluconate as an antiseptic skin solution for the prevention of catheter-related infections in patients with intravascular catheters: A systematic review. PI: Prof Margaret McCann
  • Nurse-sensitve outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis: A systematic review. PI: Dr Patricia Minnock (Our Lady's Hospice and Care Services, Harold's Cross)/Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Telephone interventions, delivered by healthcare professional for informal caregivers of adults with diagnosed illnesses: Cochrane Systematic Review (HRB Cochrane Fellowship). PI: Prof Margarita Corry
  • Systematic antibiotics in the treatment of malignant wounds: Cochrane Systematic Review. PI: Prof Patricia Cronin/Prof Valerie Smith

Current research students

  • Sarah Delaney, Everyday decision-making in the self-management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Principal Supervisor:  Dr Patricia Cronin
  • Evelyn McManus, An Investigation enquiring about the main concerns of persons who have rheumatoid arthritis in Ireland. Principal Supervisor: Dr Brian Keogh

Open opportunities for MSc/PhD projects

There are opportunities for PhD projects in the following topics:

Completed projects

  • Between Worlds: The Experiences and Needs of Former Family Carers. PI: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Goal Pursuit and Attainment after Stroke: An Intervention Study. PI: Prof Claire Donnellan
  • Interventions for Preventing Infectious Complications in Haemodialysis Patients with Central Venous Lines. PI: Prof Margaret McCann
  • Use of adaptive Strategies from a Qualitative perspective in Patients after Stroke. PI: Prof Claire Donnellan

Completed research students

  • Anne Marie Madigan, Evaluation of Biologic Agents on the Health Related Quality of Life of Patients with rheumatoid Arthritis. Principal Supervisor: Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Anne Stokes, Men as Carers: exploring the experiences of male carers in chronic illness. Principal Supervisor: Prof Mary McCarron
  • Margarita Corry, An explanatory randomised controlled trial of a manualised, nurse-led, telephone intervention support service for carers of people with MS. Principal Supervisor: Prof Mike Clarke
  • Margaret McCann, A randomised trial of cleansing agents to prevent central venous catheter-related infections in haemodialysis patients. Principal Supervisor: Prof Mike Clarke
  • Patricia Cronin, Living with Chronic Pancreatitis: A Hermeneutic Inquiry. Principal Supervisor: Prof Cecily Begley
  • Patricia Minnock, Fatigue in inflammatory rheumatic diseases: Identifying contributory factors, patient's perceptions of fatigue and potential self-management interventions. Principal Supervisor: Prof Gabrielle McKee
  • Sally Couper, The Effect of Erythropoietin on Cognitive Function in Elderly patients with Anaemia of Renal Disease. Principal Supervisor: Prof Aileen Lynch