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Full NameProfessor Michael Donnelly

Department:Centre for Public Health

Organisation:Queen's University Belfast

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Research Fields

  • epidemiology/population health research
  • Other

Other Research Fields:

Health service research

Postgrad Medical Specialties

  • Psychiatry
  • General Practice
  • Public Health

Medical Subspecialties

  • Other

Other Medical Specialties:

Health services research and the development and evaluation of public health interventions

My Work

The increasing burden of chronic conditions has been described as one of the greatest global challenges facing health systems and health services in the 21st century. The Health Services Research Group focuses on improving health services and care for people with chronic conditions by conducting investigations of issues and problems such as need and demand for services, service organisation and delivery, health care quality and efficiency and the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health service interventions. We have several key interdisciplinary research strands which focus on the global challenges of addressing chronic health care. The HSRG comprises also an international strand of Global Health and Health Care Research (led by our Global Health Champion, Professor Nathan Congdon).

Current academic staff members of the collaborative interdisciplinary Health Services Research Group are listed below:
Professor Michael Donnelly (Research Group Lead), Professor Ciaran O’Neill (Health Economics), Professor Mike Clarke (Methodology), Professor Augusto Azuara-Blanco (Eye Health Services Research), Professor Nathan Congdon (Global Health Services Research), Professor Tunde Peto (Eye Health Services Research), Dr Ruth Hogg (Eye Health Services Research), Dr Yuanbo Liang (Eye Health Services Research), Dr Gerry McKenna (Oral Health Services Research), Dr Helen McAneney (Methodology and Statisitcs), Dr Noleen McCorry (Health Psychology Services and Intervention Research), Dr Lyn Lohfeld (Social Anthropology and Global Health Services Research)

There are easily-traveled pathways between the HSRG and the other research groups in CPH and other research centres in the QUB School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. Many researchers in CPH work across research groups and research centres to conduct collaborative public health and health services research with the HSRG and care professional colleagues in health services, here in Ireland and the UK and internationally. We have a thriving postdoctoral research community including clinical research fellows and up to 25 PhD students at any one time.

Potential Projects

Key interdisciplinary strands of research include:

(i) Chronic health care research and policy – with an emphasis on services for frail older people, people who are living with cancer and people with mental illness
(ii) Methodological studies regarding how to enhance the rigour of all our health services studies, randomised controlled trials and Cochrane reviews
(iii) Health economics and policy - an integral part of most studies undertaken by the HSRG, particularly in terms of economic appraisal
(iv) Oral health care research focusing on gerodontology, head and neck cancer and nutrition
(v) Ophthalmology and eye health care research includes ways of meeting the increasing demand for clinical services and investigating the reconfiguration of locus of treatment delivery
(vi) Global health and health care research includes the international Global Centre for Translational Research for Equitable Eye care (TREE) and studies of cancer care, diabetes and other NCDs in lower and middle income countries.