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Dr Ann Kirby

Ann Kirby


University College Cork
Cork University Business School

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Dr Ann Kirby is a lecturer in the School of Economics, UCC. She completed a PhD in the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. Her principal research interests are in the area of ??Health Economics and economic evaluations. Ann was the Program Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics Practice in UCC. In addition, Ann and colleagues from the Health Economics group in the School of Economics in UCC have run a series of Executive Workshops on Economic Evaluations and Survey Methods. She has published in this area in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition and in the Journal of Economic and Social Review.

Recently projects include the Food Choice at Work study (including an economic evaluation of work place interventions) and collaborations with Mercy University Hospital (cost analysis of Warfarin and a RCT on mobility amongst the elderly), Cork University Hospital (effects of NOACs on cardioversion use and costs for patients with Atrial Fibrillation). Recently, she has complted a series of analyzes on the anticoagulant prescribing landscape in Ireland in conjunction with the Department of General Practice in UCC as well as completing a HTA for a medical device through the Health Innovation Hub. 

Previously she has supervised research assistants, as well as supervising doctoral (2) and post graduate students (> 28). Ann has been awarded funding as a collaborator on grants from for example the Food Safety Promotions Board.

Grants and Honours

  • 20/04/2017 - Study on the Implications of new economic models on different stakeholder groups -the case of different eco-systems, European Commission
  • 20/04/2004 - Standard of health eating on the Island of Ireland, Safefood
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Research Domains

  • Microeconomics for Business
  • Health Economics  
  • Survey Research Methods  
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Journal article

Year Publication
2017 FITZGERALD, S., KIRBY, A., MURPHY, A., GEANEY, F., PERRY, I. (2017). A cost-analysis of complex workplace nutrition education and environmental dietary modification interventions. BMC Public Health. Details
2016 O’SHEA, M., MURPHY, A., KIRBY, A., ALLEN, G., O’SHEA, S., CURTIN, R. (2016). A cost minimisation analysis of NOACs compared to warfarin to attain therapeutic anticoagulation amongst AF patients, pre- and post- cardioversion. Irish Medical Journal.
2014 WALSH, C., MURPHY, A., KIRBY, A., VAUGHAN, C. (2014). Retrospective costing of warfarin. Irish Medical Journal.
2008 HARRINGTON, J., FRIEL, S., THUNHURST, C., KIRBY, A., MCELROY, B. (2008). Obesogenic island: The financial burden of private transport on low-income households. Journal of Public Health. Details
2013 GEANEY, F., SCOTTO DI MARRAZZO, J., KELLY, C., FITZGERALD, A., HARRINGTON, J., KIRBY, A., ... PERRY, I. (2013). The food choice at work study: Effectiveness of complex workplace dietary interventions on dietary behaviours and diet-related disease risk - study protocol for a clustered controlled trial. Trials. Details
2018 MURPHY, A., KIRBY, A., BRADLEY, C. (2018). Knowledge is power: General practitioners prescribing of new oral anticoagulants in Ireland. BMC Research Notes. Details
2018 KIRBY, A., MURPHY, A., BRADLEY, C. (2018). Multi-Disciplinary Decision Making In General Practice – A Case Study Of Switching Between Oral Anticoagulants.. Journal of Health Organization and Management..
2018 FITZGERALD, S., MURPHY, A., KIRBY, A., GEANEY, F., PERRY, I. J. (2018). Cost-effectiveness of a complex workplace dietary intervention: an economic evaluation of the Food Choice at Work study. BMJ Open. Details
2017 KIRBY, A., MURPHY, A., BRADLEY, C. (2017). New Oral Anaticoagulant Prescribing Decisions amongst General Practitioners: Handle with Care. Journal of Health Economics and Outcomes Research.
2016 FITZGERALD, S., KIRBY, A., MURPHY, A., GEANEY, F. (2016). Obesity, diet quality and absenteeism in a working population. Public Health Nutrition. Details
2003 KIRBY, A., MCELROY, B. (2003). The effect of attendance on grade for first year economics students in University College Cork. Economic and Social Review.
2020 MURPHY, A., KIRBY, A., BRADLEY, C. (2020). Monitoring of atrial fibrillation in primary care patients prescribed direct oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention. Irish Journal of Medical Science. Details
2019 WALSH, E., KIRBY, A., KEARNEY, P., BRADLEY, C., FLEMING, A., O’CONNOR, K., ... SAHM, L. (2019). Medication reconciliation: time to save? A cross-sectional study from one acute hospital. European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Details
2020 BROSNAN, S., MCCARTHY, S., BRADLEY, C., O'REILLY, P., KIRBY, A. (2020). A World Café Approach - Exploring the Future Vision of Oral Anticoagulants for Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Patients in Ireland. BMJ Open, 10 (9). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036493. Details
2020 KIRBY, A., MURPHY, A., BRADLEY, C. (2020). From novel to routine: New oral anticoagulants for stroke prevention in primary care in Ireland. British Journal of Health Care Management, 26 (12). doi:10.12968/bjhc.2020.0013. Details
2020 MURPHY, A., BROSNAN, S., MCCARTHY, S., O'REILLY, P., BRADLEY, C., KIRBY, A. (2020). World Café approach: Exploring the future vision of oral anticoagulants for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) in Ireland. BMJ Open, 10 (9). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-036493. Details
2018 KIRBY, A., KEARNEY, A., WALSH, E. K., HALLERAN, C., BYRNE, D., HAUGH, J., SAHM, L. J. (2018). A budget impact analysis of a clinical medication review of patients in an Irish university teaching hospital. Global and Regional Health Technology Assessment, 5 (1). doi:10.1177/2284240318807726. Details


Year Publication
2017 DORAN, J., BOURKE, J., KIRBY, A. (2017). Introduction to Applied Econometrics and Analysis Using Stata. Oak Tree Press.
2016 BOURKE, J., KIRBY, A., DORAN, J. (2016). Survey & Questionnaire Design: Collecting Primary Data to Answer Research Questions. Oak Tree Press.

Conference abstract

Year Publication
2017 MURPHY, A., KIRBY, A., BRADLEY, C., BROWNE, J. (2017). The Cost Of Prescribing Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACS) – There Is A Drug Cost But What Else?. Details
2017 FITZGERALD, S., MURPHY, A., KIRBY, A., GEANEY, F., PERRY, I. (2017). An economic evaluation of a complex workplace dietary intervention: a cluster controlled trial. Details
2016 KIRBY, A., MURPHY, A., BRADLEY, C. (2016). Analysing the Prescribing Landscape for Oral Anticoagulants. Details
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