Dementia Diagnostic Services for Ireland

A systematic review has been published by the National Dementia Office entitled “Dementia Diagnostic Services for Ireland: a Literature Review”

The review published in 2018 highlights that there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to creating the best approach and pathway. The review makes a significant contribution to the evidence needed to inform the creation of an equitable system for diagnostic assessments in Ireland as part of the advancement of the National Dementia Strategy.

Full-text Report – CLICK HERE


Palliative Care Research Zone on AIIHPC

In May, the AIIHPC launched a newly developed research zone on The Palliative Hub – Professional. The research zone is now broken down into several easy to navigate sections including: Palliative Care Research Projects and News & Events. The research zone will continue to evolve over time.

To access the Palliative Care Research Network, Early Career Researcher Forum, Research Projects, Guidance for conducting research projects, Knowledge Dissemination Click here

Enhancing adult bereavement care across Ireland

Enhancing adult bereavement care across Ireland is a study written by Kathy McLoughlin and published by the Irish Hospice Foundation in May 2018. It examines why Ireland needs a bereavement care structure, looks at international evidence and outlines how a national structure might work. Full-text available HERE

National Patient Experience Survey

28,000 people who are 16 years old and over and who were discharged from one of the country’s 40 public acute hospitals in May were invited to give us their views.

You can find out more about the National Patient Experience Survey for 2018 here.

Plans are progressing to publish all of the findings from the National Patient Experience Survey 2018 online so that the results will be easily and quickly accessible to everyone.

You can follow our progress on or on twitter and facebook.

HTA Economic Evaluation Guidelines

The HIQA Health Technology Assessment Team has published Guidelines for the Economic Evaluation of Health Technologies in Ireland and Guidelines for the Budget Impact Analysis of Health Technologies in Ireland.

The updated guidelines:

  • will assist decision-makers in evaluating the cost-effectiveness and budget impact of health technologies
  • aim to promote the use of a solid evidence-base to guide investment decisions in the Irish healthcare system
  • will also help to ensure that healthcare interventions used in Ireland are clinically effective for patients, are affordable, and are good value for money.

Change Hub

The Health Excellence Awards 2017 finalist videos are now available in the Case Study Repository.  Written Project Synopsis of a further 85 improvement initiatives have also been added to the Health Excellence Awards 2017 Category. The featured Videos include:

Acute Diabetic Foot Pathway, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Bronntanas Project, HSE, Tusla and Mayo County Council

Food First Project, St. Mary’s Hospital Phoenix Park

Frail Intervention Therapy Team, Beaumont Hospital

Influenza Vaccination Campaign at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital

Innovative Support Coordination for Older Persons, HSE Social Care Division & Alone

Nurse Led PICC Line Insertion, University Hospital, Waterford

Purchasing for Safety, Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown


To access the videos and project synopses, visit the Case Study repository and select the Health Excellence Awards 2017 Category from the drop down Category menu.

AIIHPC Palliative Hub

AIIHPC recently launched The Palliative Hub (, an online gateway to information and resources about palliative care which includes:

  • Palliative Hub – Children and Young People – website for parents and families of children and young people with life limiting conditions
  • Palliative Hub – Adult – website for people with life limiting conditions, their carers and family members
  • Palliative Hub – Learning Platform – an online learning environment including a number of free to access online learning programmes for professionals and the public
  • Palliative Hub – Professional – website providing resources for health and social care professionals, researchers and educators.