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Home Economics - Staff Profile
Staff Name Richeal Burns
Telephone 071-09135660 (Extension: 660)
Position Programme Director and Lecturer in Economics
Department Home Economics


Current Research
My research area is applied health economic evaluation alongside clinical trials.
2017 Ongoing Current Projects:
1.) Lead Health Economist and Project Co-Investigator. Title: Developing a supported self- management programme to improve quality-of-life in adult primary brain tumour survivors. Funding: The Brain Tumour Charity (2017-2020)
2.) Lead Health Economist and Project Co-Investigator. Title: Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Ireland: Mapping Patients Priorities Study. Funding: INITIative Research Group (2017-2018)
3.) Health Economist. The PART Feasibility Study. Funding source: NIHR HTA Programme (2015- 2017)
4.) Lead Health Economist. UK TAVI Phase 3 Multicentre Trial. Funding source: UK NIHR HTA Programme (2013- 2023)
5.) Lead Health Economist. COPE Phase 3, Multicentre European Trial. Funding source: European Commission FP7 Award (2013- 2019)
6.) Lead Health Economist. TOAST Phase 3 Multicentre Trial. Funding source: SPCR NIHR (2014-2017)
7.) On-going research on PSA testing for the secondary prevention of Prostate Cancer in Ireland (2011- )

Recent Publications


1.) Burns RM, Walsh B, Sharp L, O Neill C. (2012) Prostate cancer screening practices in the Republic of Ireland- The determinants of uptake. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy  d
2.) Burns RM, Walsh B, O Neill S, O Neill C. (2012) An examination of variations in the uptake of prostate cancer screening within and between the countries of the EU-27. Health Policy
3.) Burns RM.  (2013). Apples and Oranges- How can we compare subjective well-being across heterogeneous populations? In Well-Being in Ireland: Designing Measures and Implementing Policies, June 6, 2013, Galway, 32-36. NUI Galway: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change
4.) Drummond FJ, Barrett N, Burns RM, O Neill C, Sharp L.  (2014) The number of tPSA tests continues to rise and variation in testing practices persists: A survey of laboratory services in Ireland 2008-2010. Irish Medical Journal; Vol 183(3): 369-375
5.) Drummond FJ, O Leary E, O’Neill C, Burns RM, Sharp, L.  (2014) Bird in the hand- Cash more effective than prize draws in increasing physician questionnaire response. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology; Vol 67(2):228-231
6.) Bourke S, Burns RM, Gaynor C. (2014) Challenges in generating costs and utilisation rates associated with castration resistant prostate cancer in the Republic of Ireland. Journal of Market Access and Health Policy;
7.) Burns RM, Sharp L, Sullivan FJ, Deady S, Drummond FJ, O Neill C. (2014) Factors driving inequality in survival with prostate cancer: a population based study. PlosOne, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106456.
8.) Drummond FJ, Kinnear H, Donnelly C, O Leary E, O Brien K, Burns RM, Gavin A, Sharp L. (2015) Establishing a population-based patient reported outcomes study (PROMs) using national cancer registries across two jurisdictions; The Prostate Cancer Treatment, your experience (PiCTure) Study. BMJ Open, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006851.
9.) Burns RM, Luengo- Fernandez R, Sullivan R, Leal J. (2016) Economic burden of malignant blood disorders across Europe. The Lancet Hematology (Available Online July 2016) 
10.) Luengo-Fernandez R, Burns RM, Leal J. (2016) Economic burden of blood disorders in 31 European countries. The Lancet Hematology (Available Online July 2016)
11.) Burns RM, Leal J, Wolstenhome J, O Neill C, Sullivan FJ, Drummond FJ, Sharp L. (2017) The Burden of Healthcare Costs Associated with Prostate Cancer in Ireland. Global and Regional Health Technology Assessment; 4(1): e28 - e33 DOI: 10.5301/grhta.5000249
12.) Burns RM, Wolstenholme J, Shinkins B, Matheson L, Rose P, Watson E. (2017) Including Health Economic Analysis in Pilot Studies: Lessons learned from a cost- consequence and preliminary cost-utility analysis alongside the PROSPECTIV study. Global and Regional Health Technology Assessment
13.) Wilkins E, Wilson L, Wickramasinghe K, Bhatnagar P, Leal J, Luengo-Fernandez R, Burns RM, Rayner M, Townsend N (2017). European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 2017. European Heart Network, Brussels.

Committees/Community Involvement

External Roles and Collaborations:

*Academic Research Affiliate in Health Economics, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford

*Academic Collaborator, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

*Affiliate Health Economic Researcher, Health Economic and Policy Analysis Centre (HEPAC), NUI Galway, Ireland

*Health Economic Advisor, INITIative IBD Research Collaborative, Ireland

*Expert Reviewer:
(1) National Institute for Health Research HTA Programme;
(2) The UK Transplant Library;
(3) Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America; and
(4)The Food and Health Bureau of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

*Journal Reviewer:
The Lancet; BMJ Open; Pharmacoeconomics Open; Pain; British Journal of Psychiatry

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