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Sara Burke
Research Fellow, Public Health & Primary Care


Dr Sara Burke is a health policy analyst, working as a research fellow in the Centre for Health Policy and Management, in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. She is the coordinator of a Health Research Board funded project called '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 Sara has worked for 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. Her print journalism is on her blog

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sarah Barry, Sara Burke, Ella Tyrrell, Steve Thomas,, 'Is someone going to saw off the plank behind me?' - Healthcare managers priorities, challenges and expectations for service delivery and transformation during economic crisis., Health Systems, Policy and Research, 4, (1:39), 2017, p1 - 7 Journal Article, 2017 URL TARA - Full Text

Reform of the Irish Healthcare System: What Reform? in, editor(s)Murphy, M and Dukelow F. , The Irish Welfare State in the Twenty-First Century, Challenges and Change, Basingtoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp167 - 193, [Burke, Sara] Book Chapter, 2016

Burke S, Normand C, Barry S and Thomas S, From universal health insurance to universal healthcare? The shifting health policy landscape in Ireland since the economic crisis., Health Policy, 120, (3), 2016, p235 - 240 Journal Article, 2016 URL URL

Anne Nolan, Sarah Barry, Sara Burke, Steve Thomas, The impact of the financial crisis on the health system and health in Ireland, 2014 Case Study, 2014 URL