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Dr. Peter May

Research Assistant Professor (Public Health & Primary Care)

Research Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Economist focusing on care for people with serious medical illness and complex needs. I design, run and analyse evaluations of interventions for patients and their families. In addition to our studies in Ireland, I collaborate extensively with research groups in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe and elsewhere.
  End-of-life care   HEALTH ECONOMICS   multimorbidity   PALLIATIVE CARE
 Palliative and end-of-life care data in Ireland: establishing the state of the nation, mapping future direction
 Improving outcomes for patients with chronic illness & acute respiratory failure
 Family Spending after Hospice Enrollment: A Population-Based Study
 Economics of palliative care: from international evidence to Irish policy
 Psychoeducational Interventions for People with Cancer and their Caregivers (DIAdIC)

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International Health Economics Association (iHEA)
Health Economics Association of Ireland (HEAI)
Academy Health
All-Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN)
Reid EA, Ghoshal A, Khalil K, Jiang J, Normand C, Brackett A, May P, Out-of-pocket costs near end of life in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review, PLOS Glob Public Health, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Ward, M., May, P., Normand, C., Kenny, R.A., Nolan, A, Mortality risk associated with combinations of loneliness and social isolation. Findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Age and Ageing, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ahmed R, May P., Does high COVID-19 spread impact neighbouring countries? Evidence from Ireland. , HRB Open Res, 4, 2021, p56 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Isenberg SR, Meaney C, May P, Tanuseputro P, Quinn K, Qureshi D, Saunders S, Webber C, Seow H, Downar J, Smith TJ, Husain A, Lawlor PG, Fowler R, Lachance J, McGrail K, Hsu AT., The association between varying levels of palliative care involvement on costs during terminal hospitalizations in Canada from 2012 to 2015., BMC health services research, 21, (1), 2021, p331 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Jingjing J, May P, Proportion of deaths in hospital in European countries: trends and associations from panel data (2005-2017), European Journal of Public Health, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
May P, Normand C, Noreika D, Skoro N, Cassel JB., Using predicted length of stay to define treatment and model costs in hospitalized adults with serious illness: an evaluation of palliative care., Health economics review, 11, (1), 2021, p38 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Matthys O, De Vleminck A, Dierickx S, Deliens L, Van Goethem V, Lapeire L, Groenvold M, Lund L, Arnfeldt CM, Sengeloev L, Pappot H, Johnsen AT, Guerin S, Larkin PJ, Jordan C, Connolly M, D'Alton P, Costantini M, Di Leo S, Guberti M, Turola E, van der Heide A, Witkamp E, Rietjens J, van der Wel M, Brazil K, Prue G, Reid J, Scott D, Bristowe K, Harding R, Normand C, May P, Cronin C, Northouse L, Hudson P, Cohen J., Effectiveness of a nurse-delivered (FOCUS+) and a web-based (iFOCUS) psychoeducational intervention for people with advanced cancer and their family caregivers (DIAdIC): study protocol for an international randomized controlled trial., BMC palliative care, 20, (1), 2021, p193 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Aldridge MD, Moreno J, McKendrick K, Li L, Brody A, May P, Hospice is Cost Saving for the Healthcare System and Families, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Online, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  DOI
May P, Matthews S, Palliative Care Effects on Hospital Mortality and Utilization: Causal Evidence from a Quasi-Experimental, Nationwide Evaluation in Ireland, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Online, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  DOI
May P, Normand C, The 80/20 Rule in Last Year of Life: Who Are the Costliest Patients in the Irish System?, International Health Economics Association (iHEA) Research Congress, Online, 2021, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  URL

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Normand C, May P, Johnston BM, Cylus J, Health and social care near the end of life: Can policies reduce costs and improve outcomes?, Policy briefs, Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, December, 2021, Report, PUBLISHED
May P, Estimating future palliative care need in Ireland: a microsimulation approach, Expert Consultation on Future Palliative Care Need, Edinburgh, Scotland, September, 2019, Marie Curie/Univrsity of Edinburgh/Scottish Government, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
May P, Economic evidence for palliative care in Ireland, Systems not silos - Improving Palliative and End of Life Care in Secondary Care, Belfast, November, 2019, All-Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
May P, Big data to advance economics of palliative and end-of-life care: some ongoing considerations, EAPC Big Data Taskforce Workshop, Amsterdam, November, 2019, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
May P, Economics of palliative care: some key concepts, National Palliative Care Research Center Fellowship Program, New York, NY (Webinar), March, 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
May P, High costs in end-of-life care: Revisiting economic interpretations, International Health Economics Association webinar, November 30th, 2018, 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
May P, Economics of palliative care: understanding and interpreting evidence on costs and resource use, Hospice UK Annual Conference, Liverpool, England, November, 2017, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
May P, Economics of palliative care: expanding our scope of enquiry, EAPC Congress, Madrid, Spain, May, 2017, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
May P, McGarrigle C, Normand C, The end of life experience of older adults in Ireland, Dublin, TILDA, Trinity College Dublin, December, 2017, Report, PUBLISHED
May P, Analysis of healthcare utilization data: some practical considerations for investigators in palliative care, National Palliative Care Research Center Fellowship Program, New York, NY (Webinar), February, 2016, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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Economics of health care for people with serious medical illness and complex needs. Key skills: modelling cost data, estimating treatment effects, analysing observational data, research design, causal inference, propensity scoring.