The research programmes in the Centre for Health Policy and Management aim to strengthen health systems by improving the evidence base around financing, priority setting and service delivery in health services, particularly in Ireland. There is a particular focus on equity in access to care, the effects of ageing and demographic change, human resources, management of chronic disease, the perspective of the user and the politics and process of reform. Other areas of interest include the effects of the smoking ban on the hospitality industry, evaluation of cancer screening and treatment programmes and measurement of efficiency. A set of studies has explored the feasibility and potential benefits of a shift to social health insurance in Ireland, and the related needs to strengthen the capacity of the physical and human resources, and a related study looks at the impact of demographic change. The Centre hosts the TCD component of the Health Services Research Institute, the collaboration with RCSI and UCC that runs the HRB Scholar Programme, and is closely involved in the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. The Centre also works closely with the Centre for Global Health which works to strengthening health systems across low and middle income countries.