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Prof Alice Coffey

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Professor of Nursing at Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Her programme of research is centred on working with older people and focused on Transitional care; Services evaluation; Gerontological nursing; Competencies for health and social care professionals working with older people; Dementia, Advance care planning and Palliative care. As principle investigator, lead co-investigator and co-applicant she has secured competitive funding from a variety of sources, national and international.

Current Research: 

Principle investigator:
1. HRB funded Applied Partnership project: Implementing Evidence Based Guidance for Dementia Palliative Care through Participatory Action Research (PAR)
2. The evaluation of the Alzheimer’s Society National Dementia Adviser Service
3. The development and pilot of transfer documentation for older people being transferred from residential to acute care

1. The Evaluation of the impact of the National Dementia Strategy Implementation Plan
2. The Evaluation of the Irish Hospice Foundation Design & Dignity Programme.

Professor Coffey works closely with the National Clinical Programme for Older People; The Irish Hospice Foundation and All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care, Palliative Care Research Network.  She is Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS); Committee member of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA).


Gewirtz-Meydan, A., Hafford-Letchfield, T., Ayalon, L., Benyamini, Y., Biermann, V., Coffey, A., Jackson, J., Phelan, A., Voß, P., Geiger Zeman, M. & Zeman, Z. (2019). How do older people discuss their own sexuality? A systematic review of qualitative research studies. Culture, Health & Sexuality. 21 (3): 293-308.

Jennings, A. A., Foley, T., Walsh, K.A., Coffey, A., Browne, J.P. & Bradley, C.P. (2018). General practitioners' knowledge, attitudes and experiences of managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia: protocol of a mixed methods systematic review and meta-ethnography. Systematic Reviews. 7 (1).

McCarthy, V.J., Murphy, A., Savage, E., Hegarty, J., Coffey, A., Leahy-Warren, P., Horgan, A., O'Connell, R., Marsh, L. & Drennan, C. (2018). Development and psychometric testing of the Clinical Leadership Needs Analysis (CLeeNA) Instrument for Nurses and Midwives. Journal of Nursing Management. 27 (2): 245-255.

Forde, M. Coffey, A. & Hegarty, J. (2018). The factors to be considered when evaluating bedside handover. Journal of Nursing Management. 26 (7): 757-768.

Galvin, E.C., Wills, T. & Coffey, A. (2017). Readiness for hospital discharge: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 73 (11): 2547-2557.|