Research Projects

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A cross-border comparison of people presenting with symptoms of dementia in Ireland

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Suzanne Barrett, Queen’s University Belfast

Researchers: 

  • Dr Suzanne Barrett, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Peter Passmore, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Professor Brian Lawlor, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Stephen Todd, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Bernadette McGuinness, NUI Galway
This project looked at two memory clinics, the Belfast City Hospital Clinic in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Mercer’s Memory Clinic at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin, in the Republic of Ireland (ROI). 

This research brief is based on the findings of the project, conducted as part of CARDI’s data mining programme, as well as additional research on the context of dementia care and diagnosis across the island of Ireland. 

CARDI grant programme

Age, income and food: a study of the socio-economic influences on food expenditure among community-dwelling older people in Ireland

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Ms Eleanor Bantry White, University College Cork

Researchers: 

  • Dr Ian Shuttleworth, Queen's University Belfast
  • Dr Siobhan Cusack, University College Cork
  • Ms Teresa Wills, University College Cork
  • Dr Caitríona Ní Laoire, University College Cork
Poor diet among older people is an important public health issue, particularly as malnutrition contributes to increased morbidity and mortality. 

Research suggests that older adults are particularly vulnerable to a compromised nutritional intake due to a range of physical, economic and social factors which influence food access, choice and behaviour. As a result, CARDI funded a study on demographic and socio-economic influences on food expenditure as part of its data mining programme in 2011. 

CARDI grant programme

Ageing in persons with an intellectual disability: building the foundation for an all-island, longitudinal study

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Professor Roy McConkey, University of Ulster

Researchers: 

Professor Roy McConkey, Institute for Nursing Research, University of Ulster; Professor Mary McCarron, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin; and Professor Philip McCallion, Centre for Excellence in Aging Services, University of Albany c/o Trinity College Dublin.

These experts will form an all island reference group of older people with intellectual disability and their carers, and bring together professionals and policy makers to study this area. The project will develop data collection to inform support needs now and for the future.

Objective:
To develop an all-Ireland module on intellectual disability that will be part of a long-term study of older people. To provide information needs to policy makers and service planners.

 

CARDI grant programme

An evaluation of inappropriate prescribing in long-stay elderly facilities in Greater Cork and Northern Ireland regions

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Dr Stephen Byrne, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy, University College Cork

Researchers: 

  • Professor Brendan McCormack, Professor of Nursing Research, University of Ulster
  • Professor Carmel Hughes, Professor of Primary Care Pharmacy and Dr Carole Parsons, Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice, Queens’ University Belfast
  • Dr Denis O’Mahony, Consultant Geriatrician and Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Cork University Hospital
  • Dr Susan Patterson, Pharmaceutical Prescribing Adviser, Health and Social Care Trust
  • Mr David O’Sullivan, Research Pharmacist, University College Cork
  • Sister Finola Finn, Matron, Bandon Community Hospital

An evaluation of inappropriate prescribing in long-stay elderly facilities in Greater Cork and Northern Ireland using the STOPP and Beers criteria

 
Inappropriate prescribing in older people is a major global health problem, with serious consequences for patients, principally adverse reactions and morbidity. 

This team will collect data in Cork and compare with similar data from Northern Ireland.

CARDI grant programme

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Researchers: 

Student: Dr. Edward Loane, MB, BCh, BAO, MRCOphth, MRCSI(Ophth)

Project: ‘Apo e4 allele status, and its relationship with macular pigment optical density and lipoprotein profile, in subjects with and without a family history of age-related macular degeneration.’

 

Assessing telecare for carers of older people: a research network

CARDI Involvement

Project Lead

Ms Brigid Barron, Innovation and Programme Manager, Caring for Carers Ireland

Researchers: 

  • Dr Assumpta Ryan, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Ulster
  • Ms Sarah Delaney, Senior Research Consultant, The Work Research Centre
  • Ms Catherine Keogh, Care Practice Co-ordinator, Alzheimer Society of Ireland
  • Ms Helen Ferguson, Director, Carers NI
  • Professor Mike Nolan, Professor of Gerontological Nursing, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Brian Lawlor, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin
  • Professor Kathy Murphy, Head of School, School of Nursing & Midwifery, NUI Galway
  • Ms Mairead Hayes, representative of Caring for Carers Ireland
  • Ms Avril Craig, representative of Carers NI
  • Mr Pat Donohue, Programme Specialist, Tipperary Institute of Technology
  • Ms Anne Sherriff, Group Manager, Occupational Therapy & Technology Service, West Lothian Council.

Stress and fatigue among carers of older people is a problem that can lead to depression and the breakdown of the care provided.  

In order to explore the potential contribution of telecare in helping carers of older people, CARDI funded the development of a research network in 2009. It was led by Brigid Barron of Caring for Carers Ireland to assess the impact of telecare on carers of older people in terms of reducing stress and increasing quality of life. 

This research brief is based on the findings of the network as well as CARDI’s own research in this area.

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