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Dr Niamh Cummins

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Dr. Niamh Cummins is the Programme Lead for the Screening Older Adults in the Emergency Department (SOAED) Study at the School of Allied Health in collaboration with University Hospital Limerick. Niamh was also appointed to the Succeed and Lead Fellowship Programme in Education and Health Sciences in 2020. Her research is in Public Health, specialising in Health Services Research with a focus on Emergency Medicine. Niamh’s work has led to policy changes at national level including the introduction of new models of care and updates in clinical practice guidelines for paramedics in Ireland. She is particularly interested in the integration of health services, clinical screening tools, mental health, health behaviour and social determinants of health. Her speciality is in collaboratively fostering a research culture and building research capacity through networking, mentorship and peer-assisted learning. Niamh is the founder of the Irish Paramedicine Education and Research Network (IPERN) and she is also a founding member of the EMerge Peer Support Network for Early Career Academics at UL. Niamh also acts as a patient advocate and she is a firm believer in participatory health research.

Publications

Confirmation of sub-optimal protocols in spinal immobilisation? Dixon M, O’Halloran J, Hannigan A, Keenan S and Cummins NM. Emergency Medicine Journal (2015) 32: 12 p939. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2014-204553

Can advanced paramedics in the field safely diagnose patients and predict hospital admission? Cummins NM, Dixon M, Garavan C, Landymore E, Mulligan N and O’Donnell C. Emergency Medicine Journal (2013) 30: p1043. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2012-201899

Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Fingernail Clippings Can Help Differentiate Between Postmenopausal Women Who Have and Have Not Suffered a Fracture. Beattie JR, Cummins NM, Caraher C, O'Driscoll OM, Bansal AT, Eastell R, Ralston SH, Stone MD, Pearson G and Towler MR. Clinical Medical Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders (2016) 31: 9 p109. doi: 10.4137/CMAMD.S38493

Clinical risk factors for osteoporosis in Ireland and the UK: A comparison of FRAX and QFracture Scores. Cummins NM, Poku E, Towler MR, O’Driscoll O and Ralston SR. Calcified Tissue International (2011) 89: p172-177. doi: 10.1007/s00223-011-9504-2

The effect of behavioural risk factors on osteoporosis in Irish women. Cummins NM, Jakeman PM, Sestak I, Murphy N and Carroll P. Irish Journal of Medical Science (2013) 182: 1 p97. doi: 10.1007/s11845-012-0840-7