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Research in the Department of Geriatric Medicine

About our research

The Department of Geriatric Medicine at Beaumont Hospital is involved in several areas of clinical research.  It is involved in collaborative work with other departments within Beaumont Hospital as well as with other academic hospital clinicians in both Geriatric Medicine and related specialties.  Recent collaboratorive groups include The Department of Neurology, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (North Dublin Population Stroke Study), The Irish National Poisons Centre, The School of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, The Orthopaedic, Psychiatry of Old Age, Respiratory Medicine and Neuropsychology Departments at Beaumont Hospital.


Current areas of research activity include:

Use of digital artery photoplethysmograpy in the evaluation of older adults with neurally mediated syncope (eg. Orthostatic hypotension and the carotid sinus syndrome)

  1. The impact of inappropriate footwear on balance in older adults with recurrent falls
  2. Vitamin D supplementation in older fallers with a history of osteoporosis related fractures
  3. Health economic analysis of fracture liaison and post operative ortho-geriatric liaison in older adults with osteoporosis related fractures.
  4. Poisoning in older adults
  5. Health services research in older adults attending a memory clinic
  6. Healthcare associated infections in Nursing Home Residents.


Recent and upcoming (in press) publications include:

Dispelling myths regarding the safety of 'bronchoscopy in octogenerians'. Chotirmall SH, Watts M, Moore A, Kearney F, Brewer L, McElvaney NG, Donegan CF. Age Ageing. 2009 Nov;38(6):764-5.

The true cost of hip fractures. Kearney F, Brewer L, Donegan C, Moore A. Ir Med J 2009 Mar;102(3):90.

Diagnosis and management of asthma in older adults. Chotirmall SH, Watts M, Branagan P, Donegan CF, Moore A, McElvaney NG. J Am Geriatr Soc 2009 May;57(5):901-9.

Pharmacological options in the management of orthostatic hypotension in older adults.Kearney F, Moore A. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2009 Nov;7(11):1395-400.

Treatment of combined hypertension and orthostatic hypotension in older adults: more questions than answers still remain. Kearney F, Moore A. Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2009 Jun;7(6):557-60.

Stroke associated with atrial fibrillation--incidence and early outcomes in the North Dublin Population Stroke Study. Hannon N, Sheehan O, Kelly L, Marnane M, Merwick A, Moore A, Kyne L, Duggan J, Moroney J, McCormack PM, Daly L, Fitz-Simon N, Harris D, Horgan G, Williams EB, Furie KL, Kelly PJ. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2010;29(1):43-9.

Diagnostic usefulness of the ABCD2 score to distinguish transient ischemic attack and minor ischemic stroke from noncerebrovascular events: the North Dublin TIA Study. Sheehan OC, Merwick A, Kelly LA, Hannon N, Marnane M, Kyne L, McCormack PM, Duggan J, Moore A, Moroney J, Daly L, Harris D, Horgan G, Kelly PJ. Stroke 2009 Nov;40(11):3449-54.

Extubation versus tracheostomy in withdrawal of treatment-ethical, clinical, and legal perspectives. Chotirmall SH, Flynn MG, Donegan CF, Smith D, O'Neill SJ, McElvaney NG. J Crit Care 2010 Jun;25(2):360.

Dr. Allan Moore
Consultant in Geriatric Medicine