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Dr. Sara Burke

Associate Professor (Public Health & Primary Care)


Prof Sara Burke is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Centre for Health Policy and Management, which is part of the Discipline of Public Health and Primary Care in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She is also the Director of the national SPHeRE PhD programme. She is the Principal Investigator of a research project entitled 'Health system foundations for Sláintecare implementation in 2020 and beyond - co-producing a Sláintecare Living Implementation Framework with Evaluation: Learning from the Irish health system's response to COVID-19'. This is a HRB Applied Partnership Award which runs until Q3 2023 thanks to successfully getting a HEA COVID extension fund in 2021. This APA project started with its focus on the implementation of the regions but changed direction in 2020 in order to harness learnings from the COVID-19 health system response to inform the implementation. Prof Burke is also PI on a HSE funded research project carrying out a realist review on financial incentives to stop smoking and leads the team reporting on Ireland for the European Observatory Health Systems COVID-19 response monitor) ( Prior to this, she coordinated 'Mapping the pathways to universal healthcare' - In the first five months of 2017, Sara and her team worked with the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare, who had a remit to develop a ten-year plan for healthcare reform in Ireland - Prior to the Pathways research project Sara was a post-doc researcher on the Resilience of the Irish health system during the economic crisis. Sara is the lead on the health policy module on the SPHERE programme and the Centre's MSc in Health Services Management and teaches health policy for the Global Brain Health Institute. Sara has worked for more than 20 years as a researcher in and of health systems and policy. Her book entitled Irish Apartheid, Healthcare Inequality in Ireland was published in 2009. She writes on occasionally for the national newspapers and for seven years from 2008 to 2015 had a weekly health slot on RTE Radio 1's Drivetime programme.
  Health Care Policy   Health Care Reform   Health Planning/Policy   Health policy   Health policy analysis   Health system reform   Healthcare Policy Implications   POLICY ANALYSIS   Public Policy   Public Policy Systems Analysis   RESEARCH POLICY IMPLICATIONS
 Health system foundations for Sláintecare implementation in 2020 and beyond - co-producing a Sláintecare Living Implementation Framework with Evaluation: Learning from the Irish health system's response to COVID-19
 Mapping the Pathways to Universal Healthcare in Ireland
 Resilience of the Irish Health System: Surviving and utilising the economic contraction

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Publication of an opinion piece for the Irish Times entitled 'Whatever happened to Sláintecare?' in the aftermath of the publication of a report into negligent care provided by the South Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team. 03/02/2022
I acted as special rapporteur at the health session of the Irish Government's 2021 National Economic Dialogue, this session was co-chaired with the health minister Stephen Donnelly and I. More 23-06-2021
Opinion published in Irish Times 22-092021
Publication of an opinion article in the Irish Times entitled Election 2020: How are parties going to implement Sláintecare? 04-02-2020
In 2016/17, I coordinated the research team (with prof Steve Thomas as PI) which won a tender to provide technical support to the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare. This work resulted in the publication of the 2017 Sláintecare Report 30-05-2017
Rina Maoz Breuer, Ruth Waitzberg, Adin Breuer, Peter Cram, Lucie Bryndova, Gemma A Williams, Kaija Kasekamp, Ilmo Keskimaki, Liina-Kaisa Tynkkynen, Verena van Ginneken, Eszter Kovács, Sara Burke, Domhnall McGlacken-Byrne, Carol Norton, Barbara Whiston, Daiga Behmane, Ieva Grike, Ronald Batenburg, Tit Albreht, Rade Pribakovic, Enrique Bernal-Delgado, Francisco Estupiñan-Romero, Ester Angulo-Pueyo, Adam J Rose, Work like a Doc: A comparison of regulations on residents' working hours in 14 high-income countries, Health Policy, 130, 2023, p104753 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Parker, Sarah and Mac Conghail, Luisne and Siersbaek, Rikke and Burke, Sara, How to not revert to type: Complexity-informed learnings from the pandemic response for health system reform and universal access to integrated care, Frontiers in Public Health, 11, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ellen Cosgrave, Aishling Sheridan, Edward Murphy, Martina Blake, Rikke Siersbaek, Sarah Parker, Sara Burke, Frank Doyle, Paul Kavanagh, Public attitudes to implementing financial incentives in stopsmoking services in Ireland, Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, 9, (9), 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Thomas, S, O"Donoghue, C, McCarthy, N, Almirall-Sanchez, A, Burke, S, Keegan, C, Dempsey, G, Barry, S, Fleming, P, The PRESTO report. Sustainability and Resilience in the Irish Health System, Trinity College Dublin/London School of Economics/Partnership for Health System Sustainability & re, March 2023, 2023, Report, PUBLISHED  URL
Fleming Padraic, Thomas Steve, Williams Des, Kennedy Jack, Burke Sara, Implications for health system reform, workforce recovery and rebuilding in the context of the Great Recession and COVID-19: a case study of workforce trends in Ireland 2008â€"2021, Human Resources for Health, 20, (1), 2022, p48-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
McAuliffe U., Whelton H., Harding M., Burke S., 'Toothless - the absence of political priority for oral health: a case study of Ireland 1994"2021, BMC Oral Health, 22, (1), 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Padraic Fleming, Louise Caffrey, Sara Van Belle, Sarah Barry, Sara Burke, Jacki Conway, Rikke Siersbaek, David Mockler, Stephen Thomas, How International Health System Austerity Responses to the 2008 Financial Crisis Impacted Health System and Workforce Resilience " A Realist Review, International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 12, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Rikke Siersbaek, Sarah Parker, Paul M Kavanagh, John Ford, Sara Burke, How and why do financial incentives contribute to helping people stop smoking? A realist review protocol, BMJ Open., 12, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Burke, Sara; Parker, Sarah; Fleming, Padraic; Barry, Sarah, Thomas, Steve, Building health system resilience through policy development in response to COVID-19 in Ireland: From shock to reform, The Lancet Regional Health - Europe, 10, (100223), 2021, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Burke, Sara, Thomas, Steve, Stach, Malgorzata, Kavanagh, Paul, Magahy, Laura, Johnston, Bridget, Barry, Sarah, Health system foundations for Sláintecare implementation in 2020 and beyond " co-producing a Sláintecare Living Implementation Framework with Evaluation: Learning from the Irish health system"s response to COVID-19. A mixed-methods study protocol, HRB Open Research, 3, 2021, p70 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Sara Burke, The Irish health system - what sort of system do we have and why - tracing Irish health policy developments , RCSI HSE Executive Skills Development Programme plenary , RCSI, 22/1/2020, 2020, RCSI , Notes: [], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Sara Burke, Universal Health care in Ireland in the context of the proposal of Universal Basic Services , A Just Transition, How do we tackle heat, greed and need? , Maynooth University , 28022020, 2020, Department of Sociology, Maynooth , Notes: [ Michael D Higgins attended this event ], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED