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Dr. Samantha Smith
Senior Research Fellow, Public Health & Primary Care

Biography

Health economist focusing on healthcare utilisation and access, palliative care, chronic disease management, equity in healthcare financing and delivery, and economic evaluation.

My work focuses on policy relevant research, working with policymakers and multidisciplinary teams. I hold a PhD in Economics from Trinity College in Dublin (TCD), an MSc in Economics for Development from Oxford University, and a BA in Economics and Psychology from TCD. I previously held research positions at the Overseas Development Institute (London), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Oxford University. I also worked as an ODI Fellow in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in Uganda.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Smith S, Jiang JJ, Normand C, O'Neill C., The price of private dental services: results from a national representative survey of Ireland., Ir J Med Sci, 2022 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Smith S, Jiang J, Normand C, O'Neill C., Unit costs for non-acute care in Ireland 2016-2019., HRB Open Res, 4, 2021, p39 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Brendan Walsh, Conor Keegan, Aoife Brick, Sheelah Connolly, Adele Bergin, Maev-Ann Wren, Sean Lyons, Leonie Hill, Samantha Smith, PROJECTIONS OF EXPENDITURE FOR PRIMARY, COMMUNITY AND LONG-TERM CARE IN IRELAND, 2019-2035, BASED ON THE HIPPOCRATES MODEL, ESRI Research Series, 126, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 URL

Smith S, Walsh B, Wren MA, Barron S, Morgenroth E, Eighan J, Lyons S., Geographic inequalities in non-acute healthcare supply: evidence from Ireland., HRB Open Res, 4, 2021, p111 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Uncovering the complex role of private health insurance in Ireland in, editor(s)Thomson, Sarah and Sagan, Anna and Mossialos, Elias , Private Health Insurance. History, Politics and Performanc, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2020, pp221-263 , [Turner, Brian and Smith, Samantha] Book Chapter, 2020

McPake, Barbara and Normand, Charles and Smith, Samantha and Nolan, Anne, Health Economics : An International Perspective / Barbara McPake, Charles Normand, Samantha Smith, Anne Nolan, 4th Edition, Routledge, 2020 Book, 2020

Walsh, Brendan and Lyons, Sean and Smith, Samantha and Wren, Maev-Ann and Eighan, James and Morgenroth, Edgar, Does formal home care reduce inpatient length of stay?, Health Economics, 29, (12), 2020, p1620-1636 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Smith S, Connolly S., Re-thinking unmet need for health care: introducing a dynamic perspective., Health economics, policy, and law, 2019, p1-18 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Brendan Walsh, Maev-Ann Wren, Samantha Smith, Seán Lyons, James Eighan, Edgar Morgenroth, An analysis of the effects on Irish hospital care of the supply of care inside and outside the hospital, ESRI Research Series, 91, Dublin, Economic and Social Research Institute, September, 2019 Report, 2019

Eighan J, Walsh B, Smith S, Wren MA, Barron S, Morgenroth E., A profile of physiotherapy supply in Ireland., Ir J Med Sci, 188, (1), 2019, p19-27 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Smith, Samantha and Walsh, Brendan and Wren, Maev-Ann and Barron, Steve and Morgenroth, Edgar and Eighan, James and Lyons, Seán, Geographic profile of healthcare needs and non-acute healthcare supply in Ireland, ESRI Research Series, (90), 2019 Journal Article, 2019

Aoife Brick, Samantha Smith, Charles Normand, Sinead O'Hara, Ella Tyrrell, Nathan Cunningham, Elsa Droog, Bridget Johnston, Costs of Formal and Informal Care in the Last Year of Life for Patients in Receipt of Specialist Palliative Care , Palliative Medicine, 31, (4), 2017, p356-368 Journal Article, 2017

Hannon N, Daly L, Murphy S, Smith S, Hayden D, Ní Chróinín D, Callaly E, Horgan G, Sheehan O, Honari B, Duggan J, Kyne L, Dolan E, Williams D, Wiley M, Kelly PJ., Acute hospital, community, and indirect costs of stroke associated with atrial fibrillation: population-based study., Stroke, 45, (12), 2014, p3670-3674 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Smith, Samantha; Brick, Aoife; O'Hara, Sinead; Normand, Charles, Evidence on the Cost and Cost-effectiveness of Palliative Care: A Literature Review, Palliative Medicine, 28, (2), 2014, p130-50 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

McPake, Barbara; Normand, Charles; Smith, Samantha, Health Economics -- An International Perspective, Third Edition, Abingdon, Routledge, 2013 Book, 2013

Smith, Samantha; Horgan, Frances; Sexton, Eithne; Cowman, Seamus; Hickey, Anne; Kelly, Peter; McGee, Hannah; Murphy, Sean; O'Neill, Desmond; Royston, Maeve; Shelley, Emer; Wiley, Miriam M., The Future Cost of Stroke in Ireland: an Analysis of the Potential Impact of Demographic Change and Implementation of Evidence-based Therapies, Age and Ageing, 42, (3), 2013, p299 - 306 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Keegan,Conor C., Smith,Samantha S., The length of stay of in-patient stroke discharges in Irish acute hospitals, Economic and Social Review, 44, (3), 2013, p351-370 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Brick, Aoife; Nolan, Anne; O'Reilly, Jacqueline; Smith, Samantha, Conflicting Financial Incentives in the Irish Health-Care System, The Economic and Social Review, 43, (2), 2012, p273 - 301 Journal Article, 2012

Smith, Samantha; Horgan, Frances; Sexton, Eithne; Cowman, Seamus; Hickey, Anne; Kelly, Peter; McGee, Hannah; Murphy, Sean; O'Neill, Desmond; Royston, Maeve; Shelley, Emer; Wiley, Miriam M., The Cost of Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack in Ireland: a Prevalence-based Estimate, Age and Ageing, 41, (3), 2012, p332 - 338 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Anne Nolan, Samantha Smith, The effect of differential eligibility for free GP services on GP utilisation in Ireland, Social Science & Medicine, 74, (10), 2012, p1644 - 1651 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text

The Irish Health Care System in, editor(s)Himanshu Sekhar Rout , Health Care Systems - A Global Survey, New Delhi, New Century Publications, 2011, pp218 - 235, [Smith, Samantha] Book Chapter, 2011

Smith, Samantha Normand, Charles, Equity in health care - the Irish perspective. , Health Economics, Policy and Law, 6, (2), 2011, p205 - 217 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Smith,Samantha, The Irish 'Health Basket': a Basket Case?, The European Journal of Health Economics, 11, (3), 2010, p343 - 350 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Brick,Aoife; Nolan,Anne; O'Reilly,Jacqueline; Smith,Samantha, Resource Allocation, Financing and Sustainability in Health Care: Evidence for the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector, Vols 1 and 2, Dublin, Department of Health and Children and Economic and Social Research Institute, July, 2010 Report, 2010

Brick, Aoife; Nolan, Anne; O'Reilly, Jacqueline; Smith, Samantha, Resource Allocation, Financing and Sustainability in the Health Sector, 2010, - Miscellaneous, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Smith,Samantha, Equity in Irish Health Care Financing: Measurement Issues, Health Economics, Policy and Law, 5, (2), 2010, p149 - 169 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Smith,Samantha; Horgan,F.; Sexton,Eithne; Cowman,S.; Hickey,A.; Kelly,P.; McGee,Hannah; Murphy,S.; O'Neill,D.; Royston,M.; Shelley,E.; Wiley,Miriam M., Cost of Stroke in Ireland: Estimating the Annual Economic Cost of Stroke and TIA in Ireland, Dublin, The Irish Heart Foundation, September, 2010 Report, 2010

Smith, S, Normand, C, Analysing equity in health care financing: A flow of funds approach., Social Science & Medicine, 69, (3), 2009, p379-386 Journal Article, 2009 DOI

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • ECHPI - Evidence for Children's Palliative care in Ireland
  • Summary
    • This project will gather and examine information for improving how children's palliative care is planned and delivered in Ireland. For further details see: https://professionalpalliativehub.com/research/palliative-care-research-studies/childrens-palliative-care/
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board co-funded by Irish Hospice Foundation & LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice
  • Date From
    • March 2023
  • Date To
    • Feb 2025
  • Title
    • Better B (Better Treatments for Refractory Breathlessness)
  • Summary
    • Multi-country randomised controlled trial assessing effectiveness of mirtazapine as a treatment for breathlessness. Horizon 2020 project, led by Prof Irene Higginson, King's College London (https://betterbreathe.eu/). TCD are leading the economic evaluation work package.
  • Funding Agency
    • EU Horizon 2020
  • Date From
    • 2019
  • Date To
    • 2023
  • Title
    • Unit costs for non-acute care in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Estimation of unit costs for a range of non-acute care services in Ireland for use in health economic studies, projection models and other economic analyses in the Irish context.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2019
  • Date To
    • 2021
  • Title
    • An inter-sectoral analysis by geographic area of the need for and the supply and utilisation of health services in Ireland
  • Summary
    • This study identified geographic inequalities and inequities in the supply of non-acute services in Ireland and examined interactions between acute and non-acute care.
  • Funding Agency
    • Health Research Board
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2019
  • Title
    • Economic evaluation of palliative care in Ireland
  • Summary
    • This project examined evidence on the cost and cost effectiveness of alternative models of palliative care (e.g., variations in the mix of specialist palliative in-patient, day, and home care) in the Irish health-care system. Data were collected from available secondary data sources and from a sample of c.250 telephone interviews with bereaved relatives from three regions (HSE Midlands, HSE Mid West, HSE South East).
  • Funding Agency
    • The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Date From
    • 2011
  • Date To
    • 2013
  • Title
    • Cost of stroke in Ireland (COSI)
  • Summary
    • This project estimated the total annual direct and indirect costs of stroke in Ireland. The project was governed by a multidisciplinary steering group and funded by the Irish Heart Foundation.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Heart Foundation
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector
  • Summary
    • Research team providing research assistance to the Expert Group on Resource Allocation and Financing in the Health Sector. The main focus of my contribution was on evidence around international health-care financing systems, and on estimating cost implications of extending entitlement to free primary care in the Irish health-care system.
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Health
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2010

Keywords

CHILDREN'S PALLIATIVE CARE; Chronic Disease Management; COST OF ILLNESS; ECONOMIC EVALUATION; EQUITY IN HEALTHCARE; HEALTHCARE FINANCING; HEALTHCARE UTILISATION AND ACCESS; Palliative and end of life care; UNIT COSTS IN HEALTHCARE

Recognition

Memberships

Health Economics Association of Ireland

Palliative Care Research Network at the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care