Maria Jose Parrilla Lopez

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Recent Research Projects

Integrating a quality of life assessment and practice support system in homecare services for older adults with life-limiting illness and their families

2015/16-2018/19 • $656,089 • PI,CO,Other
Older adults who have advancing life-limiting illnesses and who are receiving health care at home often have complex problems that affect both their ability to function and their overall quality of life (QOL). Progress has been made in the managing some aspects of chronic illness, including...

ENCOMPASS: ENhancing COMmunity health through Patient navigation, Advocacy and Social Support

2018/19 • $374,998 • PI,CO,Other
Some patients who have multiple long-term health conditions have significant challenges in accessing needed services despite available primary care and social services resources. Patient navigation programs may help those with complex health conditions improve their care and outcomes and if...

Including Patient Voice in Healthcare System Performance: Development of Patient-Centred Care Indicators

2018/19 • $84,150 • PI,CO
In Canada, efforts are increasingly being made to move healthcare research and policy towards a patient-centred care (PCC) model. PCC is defined as care that is respectful and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs and values, and ensures all clinical decisions are guided by...

Towards Precision Cardiovascular Medicine: Integration of Patient-Reported Outcomes in Prognostic Tools Development for the Management of Acute Coronary Syndrome

2018/19 • $47,813 • PI,CO
In recent years, there is a growing call for personalized approaches to cardiovascular disease management which aims to tailor treatments to an individual's needs. Clinical prediction models, which are mathematical algorithms that use patients' information to estimate their risk of an important...

Structural Drivers of Iatrogenic Opioid Misuse in Alberta First Nations: Understanding Prescribing Patterns to Address Medicine's Role in the Opioid Crisis

2018/19 • $41,310 • PI,CO
Rates and impacts of opioid misuse among Indigenous communities are difficult to quantify, a task complicated by the challenge of not perpetuating a deficit lens (i.e., victim-blaming, moralization) when identifying drivers of negative opioid-related outcomes among under-served and racialized...

Measuring what Matters: Integrating Patient-Reported Outcome Measures into Clinical Practice

2017/18-2018/19 • $37,474 • PI,CO,Other
The success of pediatric solid organ transplantation can no longer be defined on the basis of objective clinical outcomes alone. Subjective evaluation of the burden of disease or/and treatment from the patient's perspective has become increasingly important. Patient reported outcome measures...

The ACCESS trial: A randomized trial Comparing Catheters to fistulas in Elderly patients Starting dialysiS

2015/16-2017/18 • $415,544 • PI,CO
Patients with kidney failure have a high risk of adverse health outcomes and are very expensive to care for. Most patients are treated with hemodialysis, which requires access to the bloodstream, called "vascular access". While vascular access is a lifeline, it is also the cause of many...

Social determinants of post-discharge readmissions, emergency department visits, and mortality in medical inpatients

2016/17-2017/18 • $154,375 • PI,CO
BACKGROUND: The transition period after discharge from hospital signifies a particularly vulnerable time for adverse medical events, with up to 25% of patients being readmitted within 1 month. The current body of literature on predictors of hospital readmission focuses primarily on...

Measuring Health System Performance: Dissecting Patient Hospital Experience for Policy Application

2016/17-2017/18 • $105,000 • Scholarship/Fellowship,Other
Patient-centered care focuses on the inclusion of patients in decisions regarding their treatment. This provides them with the opportunity to be active participants in their care, while encompassing their own personal values and beliefs. In Alberta, inpatient hospital experience is measured...

Measuring what Matters: Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes into Clinical Practice - A Consensus Conference

2016/17 • $24,961 • PI,CO,Other
The integration of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) into clinical practice may improve the care of pediatric transplant patients and thereby impact outcomes. PROMs include instruments that assess impact of disease and treatment from the patient's perspective. We anticipate that this...

Working Together to Improve Cardiovascular Health

2016/17 • $24,387 • PI,CO,Other
When patients with diseases such as heart failure, high and uncontrolled blood sugar, or high blood pressure work together with doctors and scientists, they are better able to come up with effective solutions to improve their health. In Canada, around 1.6 million people live with heart disease....

Developing a Patient and Family-Centred Approach for Measuring the Quality of Trauma Care

2011/12-2013/14 • $345,372 • PI,CO,Other
Each year, injuries affect 700 million people worldwide including 2 million Canadians. In Canada, injuries are the leading cause of death among those under the age of 45 years and account for more premature deaths than heart disease, lung disease or HIV infection. The human and societal burden...

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