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Dr. Sara Burke

Research Assistant Professor (Public Health & Primary Care)


Dr Sara Burke is Research Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Centre for Health Policy and Management, in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She is the Principal Investigator of 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 the end of 2022 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. Dr Burke currently 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 policy. Her book entitled Irish Apartheid, Healthcare Inequality in Ireland was published in 2009. She writes regularly on health system 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
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  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
Unruh L, Allin, S, Marchildon, Burke, S, Barry, S, Siersbaek, Thomas, S, Selina, R, Andriy, K, Alexander, M, Merkur, S, Webb, E,Williams, GA., A comparison of health policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemicin Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America , Health Policy, online 1 July, 2021, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Barry, S, Ní Fhallúin, M, Thomas, S, Harnett, PJ, Burke, S. , Implementing Integrated Care in Practice - Learning from MDTs Driving the Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons in Ireland, International Journal of Integrated Care , 21(1):15, ((1) ), 2021, p1 - 11, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Thomas,S, Johnston, J, Barry, S, Siersbaek, R, Burke, S., Sláintecare implementation status in 2020: Limited progress with entitlement expansion, Health Policy, 2021, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Snell, M, Nicksica, N, Panteli, D, Burke, S, Eissenberga,T, Fattored, G, Gaucie,C, Koprivnikarf, H, Murauskieneg, L, Reinaph, M, Barnes, A., Emerging electronic cigarette policies in European member states, Canada, and the United States, Health Policy, 2021, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Nolan Ann, Burke Sara, Burke Emma, Darker Catherine, Barry Joe, O'Connell Nicola, Zgaga Lina, Mather Luke, Nicolson Gail, Dempster Martin, Graham Christopher, Crowley Philip, O'Connor Cliodhna, Tobin Katy, Scally Gabriel, Obstacles to Public Health that even Pandemics cannot Overcome: The , Irish Studies in International Affairs , 32 , (2 ), 2021, p225 - 246 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Siersbaek Rikke, Ford John Alexander, Burke Sara, Ní­ Cheallaigh Clí­ona, Thomas Steve, Contexts and mechanisms that promote access to healthcare for populations experiencing homelessness: a realist review , BMJ-Open, 11 , (4 ), 2021, pe043091 -, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Siersbaek, R; Ford, J; Ní Cheallaigh, C;Burke, S;Thomas, S., Making healthcare accessible for single adults with complex needs experiencing long-term homelessness: A realist evaluation protocol [version 2; peer review: 2 approved]., HRB Open Research , 2021, p1-17 , 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