Ireland's central source for Open Access health research
Lenus, the Irish Health Research repository is the leading source for Irish research in health and social care. The Lenus collections include peer reviewed journal articles, grey literature, dissertations, reports and conference presentations. Lenus contains the publications of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and the collected research output of over 130 health organisations past and present are all freely accessible.
If you are an Irish researcher or have conducted research in an Irish institution or health organisation, you can add your published research to Lenus. Submitted articles must be available in Open Access format or the publisher's policy must permit author self archiving. Advice on Open Access publishing and publishers' policies is available on the 'Open Access Publishing Guide' and 'Publishers' policies' pages available on the left-hand menu.
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HSE Open Access Research Awards 2022
The 9th annual HSE Open Access Research Awards are now open for entry.
The awards celebrate practitioners and researchers working across health and social care disciplines in Ireland who are publishing and making their research available in Open Access format.
The awards are judged across a number of categories, and for 2022 the categories are:
Acute Care and Hospitals
Community and Social Care
Mental Health and Disabilities
Climate or Environmental Health
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges with research experience. There will be a prize for each category, and an overall winner will also be selected as representing the best of all submissions received.
This year there will be a special Innovation prize to recognise outstanding developments in practice or service delivery.
Winners will receive a custom piece of glassware celebrating their achievement.
Entries must fulfil the following criteria:
- The research must have been published within the past two years (24 months)
- The research must be available in full text in an Open Access forum (and added to the Lenus repository as a condition of entry)
- At least one author must be working for or on behalf of the health services
Entries close on Friday October 28th 2022 and the winners will be announced in early December. Enquiries about the awards can be directed to email@example.com.
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Care Experiences of Older People in the Emergency Department: A Concurrent Mixed-Methods Study.The growing population of older people has increased demand to meet their complex healthcare needs, including in emergency departments (EDs). This study explored the experiences of people aged 65+ in Irish EDs, involving secondary analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from the 2019 National Inpatient Experience Survey (NIES). Experiences in the ED and overall hospital experiences were dichotomized as poor to fair or good to very good. Logistic regression was used to model quantitative data. Free text comments relating to EDs were thematically analyzed. Of 12,343 survey participants, 4,442 (39.9%) were aged 65+ years and used the ED. Longer waiting times, completion of the questionnaire by another person either with or on behalf of the patient, and having both a medical card and private health insurance were predictors of poor to fair ED experiences. Patients aged 85+ years were more likely to report good to very good ED experiences. Poor experiences in the ED were associated with poorer overall hospital experiences (odds ratio [OR]: 2.19, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.76 to 2.73, p < .001). Thematic analysis revealed that long waiting times and unpleasant waiting conditions, including lack of communication, privacy, and personal care were important challenges encountered in the ED, with some older patients noting their preference for separate ED services. There is a need to reduce waiting times and integrate user perspectives in the planning, organization, and delivery of ED care to improve experiences and quality of care for a growing older population.