She holds a PhD and MSc in health economics. Her PhD, entitled ‘Patients’ and Caregivers’ Preferences for Services and Supports Near the End of Life: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment’, focused on the needs and experiences of people accessing palliative care and the factors that influence their preferences.
Over the last five years Bridget has been involved with a number of palliative care studies, exploring issues such as access to specialist palliative care for older patients and costs and outcomes in the last year of life.
Currently, she is collaborating on an international study looking at the experiences of frail older people who are not accessing palliative care services. Bridget co-founded and co-directs the Palliative Care Economics research group (PaCE) based at the Centre for Health Policy and Management, Trinity College Dublin.
The PaCE group works with clinicians, policymakers and other social scientists to generate evidence on what care and interventions should be provided to and prioritised for which groups of patients.
The current programme of work covers not only studies in Ireland but also collaborations with colleagues in England, the United States, Jordan and elsewhere. Since 2016, Bridget has also served as Committee Chair for the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care’s Early Researcher Forum.
Twitter: @BriMJohnston | @PaCE_TCD