I am a senior lecturer in the department of Nursing & Midwifery, EHS Faculty in UL. Prior to coming to UL I worked in the School of Nursing & Midwifery in NUIG.

My research interests lie in the areas of care of older people, dementia, self-management of chronic diseases including renal disease, outcome measurement, and qualitative and quantitative evidence synthesis. I have particular methodological expertise around quantitative and qualitative evidence synthesis, conventional and policy Delphi, instrument development, and outcome measurement. I am currently involved in a number of both Cochrane and non-Cochrane systematic reviews and qualitative evidence syntheses.
I have collaborated on projects funded by the Health Research Board (Ireland), Department of Health and Children (Ireland), National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery (Ireland), Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) and Institute of Public Health.

My current research projects are exploring the experiences of patients transitioning onto dialysis, development of a communication tool to facilitate patient transfer from long stay care to acute care, exploring the factors that influence recruitment to clinical trials.


Wuytack, F., Regan, M., Biesty, L., Meskell, P.,  Lutomski, J. E., O’Donnell, M., Treweek, S. & Devane, D. (2019). Risk of bias assessment of sequence generation: a study of 100 systematic reviews of trials. Systematic Reviews. 8: 13. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-018-0924-1   

Sweeney, D., Quinlan, L., Browne, P., Richardson, M. & Meskell, P. & ÓLaighin, G. (2019). A Technological Review of Wearable Cueing Devices Addressing Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease. Sensors. 19 (1277): 1-35. https://doi.org/10.3390/s19061277

Casey, D., Lynch, U., Murphy, K., Cooney, A., Gannon, M., Houghton, C., Hunter, A., Jordan, F., Smyth, S., Felzmann, H. & Meskell, P. (2019). Telling a ‘good or white lie’: The views of people living with dementia and their carers. Dementia. https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301219831525

Healy, P., Edwards, P.J., Smith, V., Murphy, E., Newell, J., Burke, E., Meskell, P., & Galvin, S., Lynn, P., Stovold, E., Mccarthy, B., Biesty, L. & Devane, D. (2018). Design-based methods to influence the completeness of response to self-administered questionnaires. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.MR000048

Biesty, L., Egan, A.M., Dunne, F., Smith, V. & Meskell, P., Dempsey, E., Ni Bhuinneain, G.M. & Devane, D. (2018). Planned birth at or near term for improving health outcomes for pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes and their infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD01291010. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6491311/