The Health Implementation Science and Technology Cluster (HIST) was established on the basis of funding from the Health Research Institute (HRI).  Its primary aim is to promote and build capacity in the Science of Implementation in the health sciences and beyond, specifically with regard to technological applications and tools across the University of Limerick and beyond. We are a multidisciplinary cluster of researchers with health science, technology and social sciences backgrounds.

Our Aim

To strengthen knowledge and build expertise in the field of Implementation Science with ICT, through research, collaboration, and capacity building, and to develop shared principles and a common approach to guide our implementation collaborations and research into the future.

Our People

Principal Investigator 

Professor Alice Coffey

Research Team:

Dr Audrey Tierney 

Dr Arlene McCurtin

Dr Owen Doody

Dr. Catherine Naughton

Ms. Jacqueline Dwane

Professor Sean Redmond

Dr Carol-Anne Murphy

To become a member of the HIST Research Cluster, please see the link below:

HIST Membership Link

HIST External Advisory Group

  Names Representing Position
1 Prof Paul Burke UHL / UL Chief Academic Officer / Vice Dean (Health Sciences)
2 Prof Deborah Tannehill UL Emeritus Senior Lecturer, Chairperson, Limerick City Community Development Project
3 Dr Barry Shanahan UL Research Governance Officer UL
4 Ms Noreen Spillane UHL Chief Clinical Operations

Capacity Building & Networking

HIST has a central goal of building IS knowledge through funding, training, and dissemination activities.

EVENTS to date

HRI online conversations with Laura Damschroder 11/02/2022

HIST Summer school with Prof. Geoffrey Curran 28-30 June 2022

HIST conference 23/11/2022

10th December 2021 Lunchtime Seminar with Dr Sheena McHugh: “Tailoring implementation strategies: an example from diabetes management in primary care” 

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Please see the presentation slides below:

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12th January 2021 Seminar: Implementation research and hybrid designs with Prof Geoffrey Curran  

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Funding Awards

  • HRB COVID-19 PANDEMIC RAPID RESPONSE FUNDING 2020:  Project title:  A Rapid Resource Repository for Health Professionals (RRR-HP): An online and social media individualised support intervention for return to practice, reassigned and new to practice  Coffey, A., Redmond, S., Tierney, AC., McCurtin, A., Murphy C.A., Johnson K.  €199,647
  • Higher Education Authority National Forum for Teaching & Learning, Integrated Formative Feedback for Learning and Growth (iFLAG). McCurtin A, O'Connor A. €50,453
  • HRCI-HRB FUNDING Exploring diet quality in Cystic Fibrosis – enablers and barriers to eating a healthy diet in CF. Tierney, A. (PI) €100.000


Funding Grants Awarded by HIST Cluster

Project Title: Establishing the acceptability, appropriateness and feasibility of the use of a classroom observation tool when supporting children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in school. Dr Aoife Gallagher (PI)

Project Title: Bewheelwell Centre of Health & Wellbeing for wheelchair users. Dr Rosie Gowran (PI)

Project Title: Developing Intergenerational Learning through Discussion Cafés.  Dr Dympna Tuohy (PI)

Project Title: Providing a reasonable adjustment in health care delivery for people with intellectual disabilities within an acute hospital setting. Dr Owen Doody (PI)


Publications & Conference Presentations


Buckley, C., Coffey, A., Cornally, N., Hartigan, I., Lehane, E (2020) Participatory Action Research(PAR) as a Method for the Implementation of Palliative Care Guidance Documents in Dementia Care. Oral Presentation at The 5th STTI Biennial European Conference Nursing Conference May 2020.

Coffey, A., Flanagan, H., O’Reilly, M., O’Reilly, V., Meskell, P., Bailey, M., Carey, E., O’Doherty, J., Payne, C. and Charnley, K. (2020) Evaluation of Project ECHO All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Nursing Home Project (Phase 3). Dublin: Health Service Executive. 

Connery A, McCurtin, A., Robinson K. 2019.The lived experience of stuttering: a synthesis of qualitative studies with implications for rehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation.…

Forde, MF, Coffey, A., Hegarty, J. (2020) Bedside handover at the change of nursing shift: A mixed‐methods study. J Clinical Nurs. 2020; 29: 3731– 3742.

Gallagher, AL., Galvin, R., Robinson, K., Murphy, C.A., Conway, PF., Perry, A. (2020) The characteristics, life circumstances and self-concept of 13 year olds with and without disabilities in Ireland: A secondary analysis of the Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) study. PLoS ONE 15(3): e0229599.  

Lambell, K., Tierney, A.C., Wang, J.C., Nanjayya, V., Forsyth, A., Goh, G.S., Vicendese, D., Ridley, E.J., Parry, S.M., Mourtzakis, M., King, S.J. Comparison of Ultrasound-Derived Muscle Thickness With Computed Tomography Muscle Cross-Sectional Area on Admission to the Intensive Care Unit: A Pilot Cross-Sectional Study, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Volume 00 Number 0  2020 1–10

McCurtin, A., O’Connor, A. IASLT Research SIG. 2020. Building a collaborative research community of practice and supporting research engagement in speech-language pathology: identification of stakeholder priorities International Journal of Evidence Based Healthcare. 

McCurtin, A., Brady, R., Coffey, K., O’Connor A. 2020. A tale of clarity and contradictions: speech and language therapist’s insights regarding the highly used treatment of thickened liquids for post-stroke aspiration. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation. (in press).

McCurtin A, Boland B, Kavanagh M, Lisiecka D, Roche C, Galvin R. 2020. Do stroke clinical practice guideline recommendations for the intervention of thickened liquids for aspiration support evidence based decision making? A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

McCurtin A, Murphy CA, Roddam H. 2019. Moving beyond traditional understandings of evidence based practice: A total evidence and knowledge approach (TEKA) to treatment evaluation and clinical decision making in speech-language pathology. Seminars in Speech and Language 40(5); 370 -393.

Moloney, R., O’Brien, B., Coffey, C., Coffey, A., Murphy F (2020) Patients' Perceptions after Robot‐Assisted Surgery: An Integrative Review AORN Journal, 122(2)

O'Connor A, Cantillon P, Parker M, McCurtin A. 2019. Juggling roles and generating solutions:practice-based educators' perceptions of performance-based assessment. Physiotherapy; 105(4): 446 -452.

O'Reilly, P., Kennedy, C., Meskell, P., Coffey, A., Delaunois, I., Dore, L., Howard, S., Ramsay, B., Scanlon, C., Wilson, D.M., Whelan, B. and Ryan, S (2019). The psychological impact of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) on patients’ lives: A critically appraised topic British Journal of Dermatology

O'Reilly, P., Kennedy, C., Meskell, P., Coffey, A., Delaunois, I., Dore, L., Howard, S., Ramsay, B., Scanlon, C., Wilson, D.M. Whelan, B. and Ryan, S. (2020). Patients’, family members’ and healthcare practitioners’ experiences of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN): A qualitative descriptive study using emotional touchpoints has been received in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Office

Redmond, S. RTE Brainstorm publication: Implementation Science: - Why how we do something can be as important and what we do

Timmons, S., Cornally, N., Hartigan, I., Lehane, E., Buckley, C., O’Loughlin, Ch., Finn, C., Lynch, M., Coffey, A.  Tailoring Change Management - Learning from “Readiness-ToChange” And Learning Needs Analyses, Focused on Dementia Palliative Care, in Three Long-Term Care Settings Age and Ageing 2019 Suppl 48(3) ii35

Timmons, S., Cornally, N., Hartigan, I., Lehane, E., Buckley, C., O’Loughlin, C., Finn., C., Lynch, M, Coffey, A. (2019) Scaling up guidance documents on Dementia Palliative Care: PAR methods and strategies for implementation 2nd UK Implementation Science Research Conference Proceedings from the 2nd Annual UK Implementation Science Research Conference: meeting abstracts Implementation Science201914 (Suppl 2) :69

Tatucu-Babet, OA., Forsyth, A., Owen, E., Navarro-Perez, D., Radcliffe, J., Benheim, D., Mendis, H., Jois, M., Itsiopoulos, C., Tierney, AC. Serum zonulin measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay may not be a reliable marker of small intestinal permeability in healthy adults 2020 Volume 78, June 2020, Pages 82-92

Tierney AC, Rumble CE, Billings LM, George ES. Effect of Dietary and Supplemental Lycopene on Cardiovascular Risk Factors: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Advances in Nutrition July 2020

Van de Ven, P., Araya, R., P de Paula Couto, MC., Henrique, MG., Meere, D., Vilela Mendes, A., Peters, TJ., Seabra, A., Franzin, RM., Carvalho Pereda, P., Scazufca, M. Investigating Software Requirements for Systems Supporting Task-Shifted Interventions: Usability Study J Med Internet Res 2019;21(11):e11346 DOI: 10.2196/11346 PMID: 31714246 PMCID: 6880237

Redmond, S. RTE Brainstorm publication: Implementation Science: - Why how we do something can be as important and what we do

Weathers, E., Mc Sherry, W., Coffey, A. McCarthy, G (2020) Development and Validation of the Spirituality Instrument-27© (SpI-27©) in individuals with chronic illness.
Journal: Applied Nursing Research(Accepted for publication June 2020)



12th January 2021: Implementation Research and Hybrid Designs - Prof Geoffrey Curran:

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To reach Prof Geoffrey Curran and the Center for Implementation Research please use the link below.


22 October 2020:  “Theory driven participatory implementation science webinar” – speakers presentations

Anne MacFarlane

Carl May

Jon Salsberg

Tracy Finch  


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