Dr Maria Alejandra Pinero de Plaza
Affiliation: Caring Futures Institute | Flinders University; Centre of Research Excellence: Frailty and Healthy Ageing; Adjunct Staff of The Mparntwe Centre for Evidence in Health, Flinders University: A JBI Centre of Excellence.
Dr Maria Alejandra Pinero de Plaza is a Research Fellow at the Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University and the Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing.
Q&A with Dr Maria Alejandra
What interested you about patient reported measures research and/or projects?
“I investigate and evaluate how interventions, healthcare services, and technology can provide people with choice, effective change, inclusion, voice, justice, health, and wellbeing.”
What is your biggest achievement in relation to patient reported measures research, or the application of research into practice?
“I am the consumer engagement and knowledge translation person (Associate Investigators) for Health Translation SA’s project: RAPIDx AI, Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Emergency Care of People with Chest Pain (supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia, Partnership Projects Grant — GA127019). More details can be found on the HTSA website.
This work involves PRMs that use Artificial Intelligence and big data, e.g., Pinero de Plaza MA, Lambrakis K, Morton E, et al. PROLIFERATE: A Tool to Measure Impact and Usability of AI-Powered Technologies. In: The Australasian Institute of Digital Health Summit; 2022, Feb 21.
I have consumer co-researchers in most of my projects, for example: “Not well enough to attend appointments: Telehealth versus health marginalisation” (see the WHO website). This research has been incorporated into the World Health Organization (WHO) database that brings the world’s scientists and global health professionals together to fast-track the research and development process and builds new norms and standards to constrain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and help care for those impacted.”
How do you approach collaboration with consumers, carers and community? Or how do think we can work together to keep making advancements in this space?
“Working in partnership is a robust approach to understanding end-users connections across the dynamic implementation processes of services and products. Such a participatory research approach optimises the practical, appropriate, timely creation and movement of knowledge to those who need it to improve their work and experiences (i.e., Knowledge translation as per Kitson et al. 2018’s definition). In digital health, enhancing operational efficiencies in implementing technologies and health research requires planning, testing, and measuring results with a complex adaptive system approach that considers patients and communities. It ensures reproducible procedures, tracks and demonstrates the implementation effects, and informs sustainability of the technology or the intervention by assessing its impact within the multilevel networks of stakeholders involved.”
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