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HSE Open Access Research Awards 2022
The annual HSE Open Access Awards were announced on 5th December 2022. This year the winners were in the following categories:
Acute Care & Hospitals
Response to treatment and outcomes of infantile spasms in Down syndrome.
Susan Harvey and colleagues
Community & Social Care
The duration of infectiousness of individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2.
Kieran Walsh and colleagues
Mental Health & Disabilities
Brief psychological interventions in face-to-face and telehealth formats: a comparison of outcomes in a naturalistic setting
Padraig Collins and colleagues
Testing the performance of risk prediction models to determine progression to referable diabetic retinopathy in an Irish type 2 diabetes cohort
John Smith and colleagues
Climate or Environmental Health
How to Irish Hospitals manage the core components of critical infrastructure resilience, and how can this be developed further to mitigate the impact of extreme weather events?
Special Innovation Award Winner
Flood hydrometeorology and gastroenteric infection: The Winter 2015-2016 flood event in the Republic of Ireland
Martin Boudou and colleagues
An Evaluation of the Impact of a Multicomponent Stop Smoking Intervention in an Irish Prison
Andrea Bowe and colleagues
Congratulations to all our winners, and to all who entered their research for the Awards. And a sincere thanks to our judges, who generously lent us their expertise.
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Geographic inequalities in non-acute healthcare supply: evidence from Ireland.Background: Recent reforms in Ireland, as outlined in Sláintecare, the report of the cross-party parliamentary committee on health, are focused on shifting from a hospital-centric system to one where non-acute care plays a more central role. However, these reforms were embarked on in the absence of timely and accurate information about the capacity of non-acute care to take on a more central role in the system. To help address this gap, this paper outlines the most comprehensive analysis to date of geographic inequalities in non-acute care supply in Ireland. Methods: Data on the supply of 10 non-acute services including primary care, allied health, and care for older people, were collated. Per capita supply for each service is described for 28 counties in Ireland (Tipperary and Dublin divided into North and South), using 2014 supply and population data. To examine inequity in the geographic distribution of services, raw population in each county was adjusted for a range of needs indicators. Results: The findings show considerable geographic inequalities across counties in the supply of non-acute care. Some counties had low levels of supply of several types of non-acute care. The findings remain largely unchanged after adjusting for need, suggesting that the unequal patterns of supply are also inequitable. Conclusions: In the context of population changes and the influence of non-need factors, the persistence of historical budgeting in Ireland has led to considerable geographic inequities in non-acute supply, with important lessons for Ireland and for other countries. Such inequities come into sharp relief in the context of COVID-19, where non-acute supply plays a crucial role in ensuring that acute services are preserved for treating acutely ill patients.