IPH Publications

5 Jun 2012

“Chronic airflow obstruction (CAO) is a chronic lung condition that interferes with normal breathing. For the purpose of this briefing, CAO includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and emphysema. 

CAO is responsible for a substantial amount of early deaths, reduced quality of life and significant costs to the health and social care system and to the economy. The World Health Organization estimates that COPD is the  fourth leading cause of death worldwide1 and predicts that it will soon become the third leading cause of death.

17 May 2012

Hypertension is the medical name for high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force exerted on artery walls as the heart pumps blood through the body. Hypertension occurs when blood pressure is constantly higher than the pressure needed to carry blood through the body.

Hypertension often goes unnoticed and can cause damage to the heart and blood vessels which, if untreated, can lead to a stroke or heart attack.

IPH has systematically estimated and forecast the prevalence of hypertension on the island of Ireland.

14 Dec 2011

Report highlights different challenges facing older people in keeping warm.

Rising levels of income poverty, a high proportion of older people living alone and reliance on oil-based central heating are notable features of fuel poverty among older people in Northern Ireland.

1 Oct 2011

This IPH report explores the extent health was incorporated into SEA in a manner which would suggest a good understanding of the many social and economic factors which strongly influence health. The research identifies that a consideration of health is not routinely included in SEAs. There is a need to build capacity and change mindsets in how SEAs are undertaken to more completely factor in the health impacts.

13 Jun 2011

The economic recession with its accompanying rise in unemployment rates is linked to extremely adverse effects for men’s mental health.

This research report Facing the Challenge – The Impact of the Recession and Unemployment on Men’s Health in Ireland identifies a strong expectation of increased mental health problems for men given the very strong correlation between unemployment and male mental ill health.

8 Mar 2011

Published by:  Institute of Public Health in Ireland

Author:  Dr Jane Wilde

IPH has developed a discussion paper on food security on the island. This makes the case that health is and needs to be central to food and agricultural policy. Population health, food systems and agricultural production are intimately linked.  A clear framework on food security is needed in both parts of the island of Ireland and this offers a key opportunity for cooperation.

16 Feb 2011

This review gives a flavour of IPH work and accomplishments in 2010. Since its establishment IPH has been flexible, efficient and innovative in keeping with its stated vision and values.

2 Feb 2011

This piece of research is the fifth in a series of chronic conditions prevalence forecasting reports which IPH has produced. Previous studies on hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes were launched in 2010.The research series is based on statistical models of disease prevalence developed in the UK by the Association of Public Observatories (APHO).

Findings from the research include:

13 Jan 2011

Across Ireland, there is considerable scope to replace many short car journeys with walking and cycling which would bring about a range of benefits to health as well as saving money for individuals and society.

'Active travel, healthy lives' presents a summary of international evidence on the health and economic benefits of active travel and makes recommendations on how active travel can become a viable, safe and attractive alternative to car use.

Teresa Lavin, Owen Metcalfe, Claire Higgins

7 Dec 2010

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) has developed this briefing paper to highlight the health impacts connected to gambling and in particular problem gambling.  This paper was developed to give information to Government Departments who are currently reviewing gambling legislation across the island of Ireland.  It draws attention to the impact problem gambling can have on the individual, family and community health and well-being.