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Sharon Walsh

University of Galway

Sharon Walsh

Dr Sharon Walsh is a Assistant Professor in Economics at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the University of Galway. Her research interests lie in the application of applied economic methods to explore and inform important policy questions related to health and ageing. In particular, she applies these techniques to examine key economic issues of finance, provision, and access in the context of ageing and health policy. In terms of her methodological expertise, she employs discrete choice experimentsapplied econometricsgeographic information systems and evidence synthesis, including systematic reviews and meta-analysis to explore these questions.


Countries Ireland;
Topics Dementia care and support; Economics of LTC; Financing LTC; LTC Policy; Residential LTC services; Survey measures; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Discrete choice analysis; Literature reviews and synthesis; Quantitative data analysis; Surveys;
Role Research;
Key publications
  • Teahan Á, Walsh S, Doherty E, O’Shea E 2021. Public preferences for services and supports aimed at Family Carers of People with Dementia: A Discrete Choice Experiment. Social Science and Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114359 
  • Walsh S, Murphy E, Devane D, Sampson EL, Connolly S, Carney P, O’Shea E 2021. Palliative care interventions in advanced dementia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD011513. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011513.pub3 .
  • Walsh S, Pertl M, Gillespie P, Lawlor B, Brennan S, O’Shea E 2021. Factors influencing the cost of care and admission to long-term care for people with dementia in Ireland, Aging and Mental Health, 25(3), 512-520, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1699901.
  • Walsh S, O’Shea E, Pierse T, Kennelly B, Keogh F, Doherty E 2020. Public Preferences for Home Care Services for People with Dementia: A Discrete Choice Experiment on Personhood, Social Science and Medicine, DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112675