Understanding disability and its contribution to inequalities in health

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme


  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Dr Mark O'Doherty

Funding source

CARDI Leadership Programme



Last updated

13th January 2015

Mark O'Doherty's research as a CARDI Fellow will explore differences in trends in work related disability and in the way people report disability between nations and across different national health and welfare service contexts. The aim of this research is to develop expertise in the evaluation and assessment of work-related disability among older adults through the use of disability vignettes which will supplement self-reported disability. This approach provides the capacity to compare variations in reporting thresholds with representative data for differing ageing populations from The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA) and the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NICOLA). Only by comparing self-reported disability and health with those confirmed by objective health assessment can we form a better understanding of the degree to which perceptions of work disability are guided by objective health status, by socio-economic environment and by personal characteristics and circumstances.

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