Prof. Anne MacFarlane

Professor of Primary Healthcare Research, School of Medicine, University of Limerick

anne.macfarlane@ul.ie

Anne MacFarlane Ph.D is Professor of Primary Healthcare Research at the School of Medicine, University of Limerick. She is the first social scientist to hold a Chair in academic primary care in Ireland. Anne has 20 years' experience of using qualitative research methods with a portfolio of completed health services research projects and educational research projects. Anne has a research income of €7 million euro for primary healthcare research and development projects since 2002.

Anne graduated with a B.A. (psychology and sociology) from University College Cork in 1992. She completed her MA (1995) and Ph.D (1998) in the Department of Health Promotion, NUI Galway. After working as a Research Fellow in University College London for two years (2000-2002), Anne returned to Ireland and held a Health Research Board Health Services Research Fellowship in the Department of General Practice, NUI Galway (2002-2004). She was Lecturer in Primary Care at the Department of General Practice NUI Galway (2004-2011). Anne moved to the University of Limerick to take up the role of Professor of Primary Healthcare (Research) at the School of Medicine.  In this role, Anne has established an inter-disciplinary primary healthcare group  with members from general practice, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, sociology, psychology and biostatistics. The group are leaders in Public and Patient Involvement in research, specifically participatory health research with socially excluded communities. Anne has specialist expertise in migrant health working with key academic, community and policy stakeholders in Ireland and abroad. 

Research Interests

Public and Patient Involvement in ResearchParticipatory Health ResearchMigrant HealthImplementation science

Anne has just completed co-ordination of a 2.9 million euro EU FP7 project REsearch into implementation STrategies to support patients of different ORigins and language background in a variety of European primary care settings - RESTORE  http://www.ul.ie/gems/restore and is working on international dissemination of RESTORE findings to academic and policy audiences. She is Principal Investigator (2014-2107) for a Health Research Board Research Award (333,000) for a project about Primary Care Teams and their implementation in the Health Service Executive http://www.ul.ie/gems/hrb-primary-care-reform-ireland

Anne is Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Austin O’ Carroll for the Partnership for Health Equity http://www.ul.ie/gems/partnership-health-equity

Publications

2022 

Markey, K., MacFarlane, A., Noonan, M., Moloney, M., Huschke, S., O'Donnell, K., O'Donnell, C., Tuohy, T., Mohamed, A. H., & Doody, O. (2022). Service User and Service Provider Perceptions of Enablers and Barriers for Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Women Accessing and Engaging with Perinatal Mental Health Care Services in the WHO European Region: A Scoping Review Protocol. International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(2), 937. 

Manning, M., MacFarlane, A., Hickey, A., Galvin, R., & Franklin, S. (2022). Regulating emotional responses to aphasia to re-engage in life: a qualitative interview study. International journal of language & communication disorders, 57(2), 352–365. 

Manning, M., MacFarlane, A., Hickey, A., Galvin, R., & Franklin, S. (2022). Regulating emotional responses to aphasia to re-engage in life: a qualitative interview study. International journal of language & communication disorders, 57(2), 352–365.

Manning, M., MacFarlane, A., Hickey, A., Galvin, R., & Franklin, S. (2022). Regulating emotional responses to aphasia to re-engage in life: a qualitative interview study. International journal of language & communication disorders, 57(2), 352–365.

Walsh, K., Carroll, B., MacFarlane, A., O'Donovan, D., & Cush, P. (2022). Life-Course Marginalities of Positive Health and Aging: A Participatory Approach Integrating the Lived Experiences of Older Irish Travelers and Older Homeless Adults in Multistakeholder Research Processes. Qualitative health research, 32(7), 1139–1152. 

Villarroel, N., MacFarlane, A., Roura, M., Basogomba, A., Bradley, C., LeMaster, J. W., & Hannigan, A. (2022). The impact of economic recession on the health of migrant fathers over time: results from the Growing up in Ireland longitudinal study. BMC public health, 22(1), 166. 

Manning, M., MacFarlane, A., Hickey, A., Galvin, R., & Franklin, S. (2022). The relevance of stroke care for living well with post-stroke aphasia: a qualitative interview study with working-aged adults. Disability and rehabilitation, 44(14), 3440–3452. 

May, C. R., Albers, B., Desveaux, L., Finch, T. L., Gilbert, A., Hillis, A., Girling, M., Kislov, R., MacFarlane, A., Mair, F. S., May, C. M., Murray, E., Potthoff, S., & Rapley, T. (2022). Translational framework for implementation evaluation and research: Protocol for a qualitative systematic review of studies informed by Normalization Process Theory (NPT) [version 1; peer review: 2 approved]. NIHR open research, 2, 41. 

Toomey, C. M., Kennedy, N., MacFarlane, A., Glynn, L., Forbes, J., Skou, S. T., & Roos, E. M. (2022). Implementation of clinical guidelines for osteoarthritis together (IMPACT): protocol for a participatory health research approach to implementing high value care. BMC musculoskeletal disorders, 23(1), 643. 

 2021

Roura, M., Dias, S., LeMaster, J. W., & MacFarlane, A. (2021). Participatory health research with migrants: Opportunities, challenges, and way forwards. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 24(2), 188–197. 

MacFarlane, A., Ogoro, M., de Freitas, C., Niranjan, V., Severoni, S., & Waagensen, E. (2021). Migrants' involvement in health policy, service development and research in the WHO European Region: A narrative review of policy and practice. Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH, 26(10), 1164–1176. 

Puthoopparambil, S. J., Phelan, M., & MacFarlane, A. (2021). Migrant health and language barriers: Uncovering macro level influences on the implementation of trained interpreters in healthcare settings. Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 125(8), 1085–1091.

Manning, M., MacFarlane, A., Hickey, A., Galvin, R., & Franklin, S. (2021). 'I hated being ghosted' - The relevance of social participation for living well with post-stroke aphasia: Qualitative interviews with working aged adults. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 24(4), 1504–1515

Roura, M., LeMaster, J. W., Hannigan, A., Papyan, A., McCarthy, S., Nurse, D., Villarroel, N., & MacFarlane, A. (2021). 'If relevant, yes; if not, no': General practitioner (GP) users and GP perceptions about asking ethnicity questions in Irish general practice: A qualitative analysis using Normalization Process Theory. PloS one, 16(5), e0251192. ]

MacFarlane, A., Dowrick, C., Gravenhorst, K., O'Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., van den Muijsenbergh, M., van Weel Baumgarten, E., Lionis, C., & Papadakaki, M. (2021). Involving migrants in the adaptation of primary care services in a 'newly' diverse urban area in Ireland: The tension between agency and structure. Health & place, 70, 102556. 

 

2020

Cush, P., Walsh, K., Carroll, B., O'Donovan, D., Keogh, S., Scharf, T., MacFarlane, A., & O'Shea, E. (2020). Positive health among older Traveller and older homeless adults: A scoping review of life-course and structural determinants. Health & social care in the community, 28(6), 1961–1978. 

Gilfoyle, M., MacFarlane, A., & Salsberg, J. (2020). Conceptualising, operationalising and measuring trust in participatory health research networks: a scoping review protocol. BMJ open, 10(10), e038840. 

van den Muijsenbergh, M., LeMaster, J. W., Shahiri, P., Brouwer, M., Hussain, M., Dowrick, C., Papadakaki, M., Lionis, C., & MacFarlane, A. (2020). Participatory implementation research in the field of migrant health: Sustainable changes and ripple effects over time. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 23(2), 306–317. 

Garry, F., Murphy Tighe, S., MacFarlane, A., & Phelan, H. (2020). The use of music as an arts-based method in migrant health research: a scoping review protocol. HRB open research, 3, 75. 

MacFarlane, A., Huschke, S., Pottie, K., Hauck, F. R., Griswold, K., & Harris, M. F. (2020). Barriers to the use of trained interpreters in consultations with refugees in four resettlement countries: a qualitative analysis using normalisation process theory. BMC family practice, 21(1), 259. 

MacFarlane A. E. (2020). Optimising individual and community involvement in health decision-making in general practice consultations and primary care settings: A way forward. The European journal of general practice, 26(1), 196–201. 

Manning, M., MacFarlane, A., Hickey, A., Galvin, R., & Franklin, S. (2022). The relevance of stroke care for living well with post-stroke aphasia: a qualitative interview study with working-aged adults. Disability and rehabilitation, 44(14), 3440–3452. 

2019

Villarroel, N., Hannigan, A., Severoni, S., Puthoopparambil, S., & MacFarlane, A. (2019). Migrant health research in the Republic of Ireland: a scoping review. BMC public health, 19(1), 324. 

Manning, M., MacFarlane, A., Hickey, A., & Franklin, S. (2019). Perspectives of people with aphasia post-stroke towards personal recovery and living successfully: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. PloS one, 14(3), e0214200. 

McEvoy, R., Tierney, E., & MacFarlane, A. (2019). 'Participation is integral': understanding the levers and barriers to the implementation of community participation in primary healthcare: a qualitative study using normalisation process theory. BMC health services research, 19(1), 515. 

Hannigan, A., Villarroel, N., Roura, M., LeMaster, J., Basogomba, A., Bradley, C., & MacFarlane, A. (2019). Ethnicity recording in health and social care data collections in Ireland: where and how is it measured and what is it used for?. International journal for equity in health, 19(1), 

Hordijk, R., Hendrickx, K., Lanting, K., MacFarlane, A., Muntinga, M., & Suurmond, J. (2019). Defining a framework for medical teachers' competencies to teach ethnic and cultural diversity: Results of a European Delphi study. Medical teacher, 41(1), 68–74. 

Tierney, E., Hannigan, A., Kinneen, L., May, C., O'Sullivan, M., King, R., Kennedy, N., & MacFarlane, A. (2019). Interdisciplinary team working in the Irish primary healthcare system: Analysis of 'invisible' bottom up innovations using Normalisation Process Theory. Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 123(11), 1083–1092. 

MacFarlane A. (2019). The Helen Lester Memorial Lecture 2018: the leper squint: spaces for participation in primary health care. The British journal of general practice : the journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 69(682), 255–256. 

2018

Hannigan, A., Basogomba, A., LeMaster, J., Nurse, D., O'Reilly, F., Roura, M., Villarroel, N., & MacFarlane, A. (2018). Ethnic Minority Health in Ireland-Co-creating knowledge (EMH-IC): a participatory health research protocol. BMJ open, 8(10), e026335.

O'Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., O'Donnell, C. A., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Lionis, C., Burns, N., Dowrick, C., Gravenhorst, K., Spiegel, W., Van Weel, C., Van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Van den Muijsenbergh, M., & MacFarlane, A. (2018). Material practices for meaningful engagement: An analysis of participatory learning and action research techniques for data generation and analysis in a health research partnership. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 21(1), 159–170. 

Tierney, E., McEvoy, R., Hannigan, A., & MacFarlane, A. E. (2018). Implementing community participation via interdisciplinary teams in primary care: An Irish case study in practice. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 21(6), 990–1001.

Hordijk, R., Hendrickx, K., Lanting, K., MacFarlane, A., Muntinga, M., & Suurmond, J. (2019). Defining a framework for medical teachers' competencies to teach ethnic and cultural diversity: Results of a European Delphi study. Medical teacher, 41(1), 68–74. 

2017

Hordijk, R., Hendrickx, K., Lanting, K., MacFarlane, A., Muntinga, M., & Suurmond, J. (2019). Defining a framework for medical teachers' competencies to teach ethnic and cultural diversity: Results of a European Delphi study. Medical teacher, 41(1), 68–74. 

O'Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., O'Donnell, C. A., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Lionis, C., Burns, N., Dowrick, C., Gravenhorst, K., Spiegel, W., Van Weel, C., Van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Van den Muijsenbergh, M., & MacFarlane, A. (2018). Material practices for meaningful engagement: An analysis of participatory learning and action research techniques for data generation and analysis in a health research partnership. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 21(1), 159–170. 

MacFarlane, A., Galvin, R., O'Sullivan, M., McInerney, C., Meagher, E., Burke, D., & LeMaster, J. W. (2017). Participatory methods for research prioritization in primary care: an analysis of the World Café approach in Ireland and the USA. Family practice, 34(3), 278–284. 

O'Donnell, C. A., Mair, F. S., Dowrick, C., Brún, M. O., Brún, T., Burns, N., Lionis, C., Saridaki, A., Papadakaki, M., Muijsenbergh, M., Weel-Baumgarten, E. V., Gravenhorst, K., Cooper, L., Princz, C., Teunissen, E., Mareeuw, F., Vlahadi, M., Spiegel, W., & MacFarlane, A. (2017). Supporting the use of theory in cross-country health services research: a participatory qualitative approach using Normalisation Process Theory as an example. BMJ open, 7(8), e014289. 

Papadakaki, M., Lionis, C., Saridaki, A., Dowrick, C., de Brún, T., O'Reilly-de Brún, M., O'Donnell, C. A., Burns, N., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., van den Muijsenbergh, M., Spiegel, W., & MacFarlane, A. (2017). Exploring barriers to primary care for migrants in Greece in times of austerity: Perspectives of service providers. The European journal of general practice, 23(1), 128–134. 

2016

Tierney, E., McEvoy, R., O'Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., Okonkwo, E., Rooney, M., Dowrick, C., Rogers, A., & MacFarlane, A. (2016). A critical analysis of the implementation of service user involvement in primary care research and health service development using normalization process theory. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 19(3), 501–515. 

O'Donnell, C. A., Burns, N., Mair, F. S., Dowrick, C., Clissmann, C., van den Muijsenbergh, M., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Lionis, C., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., de Brun, T., MacFarlane, A., & RESTORE Team (2016). Reducing the health care burden for marginalised migrants: The potential role for primary care in Europe. Health policy (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 120(5), 495–508. 

O'Donnell, P., Tierney, E., O'Carroll, A., Nurse, D., & MacFarlane, A. (2016). Exploring levers and barriers to accessing primary care for marginalised groups and identifying their priorities for primary care provision: a participatory learning and action research study. International journal for equity in health, 15(1), 197. 

O'Reilly-de Brún, M., de Brún, T., Okonkwo, E., Bonsenge-Bokanga, J. S., De Almeida Silva, M. M., Ogbebor, F., Mierzejewska, A., Nnadi, L., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., van Weel, C., van den Muijsenbergh, M., & MacFarlane, A. (2016). Using Participatory Learning & Action research to access and engage with 'hard to reach' migrants in primary healthcare research. BMC health services research, 16, 25. 

Lionis, C., Papadakaki, M., Saridaki, A., Dowrick, C., O'Donnell, C. A., Mair, F. S., van den Muijsenbergh, M., Burns, N., de Brún, T., O'Reilly de Brún, M., van Weel-Baumgarten, E., Spiegel, W., & MacFarlane, A. (2016). Engaging migrants and other stakeholders to improve communication in cross-cultural consultation in primary care: a theoretically informed participatory study. BMJ open, 6(7), e010822. 

de Brún, T., O'Reilly-de Brún, M., O'Donnell, C. A., & MacFarlane, A. (2016). Learning from doing: the case for combining normalisation process theory and participatory learning and action research methodology for primary healthcare implementation research. BMC health services research, 16(a), 346.