In this episode, the Methods Support and Development Platform’s Patient Partner, Sandra Zelinsky, and Dr. Maria Santana discuss Patient-Oriented Research, what it is, why it is important, and resources that researchers can use to better incorporate it into their research.
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Sandra Zelinsky is using her experience as a patient to change the philosophy of patient engagement and include patients up-front in decision-making. As a graduate of the Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER) program within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, at the University of Calgary, Sandra is using her research skills to advance patient engagement for Alberta’s Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs). Accreditation Canada and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute are pleased to recognize Sandra Zelinsky as a Patient Safety Champion.
Dr. Maria Santana
Dr. Maria Santana is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Calgary, W21C Research and Innovation Centre, O’Brien Institute of Public Health and the Department of Community Health Sciences. Dr. Santana completed a degree in Pharmacy and a Master in Pharmaceutical Technology at University of La Laguna in Spain. In 2009, she received her PhD in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Alberta. Dr. Santana is a patient-reported outcome measures methodologist. The adoption of patient-reported outcome measures as standard practice at the University of Alberta Hospital lung transplant clinics is an outcome of her doctoral research. Current research interests include patient-centered care, patient engagement, transitions of care, the practice of Iyengar yoga for chronically ill individuals, and quality of care.