Phillipa van Essen
Affiliation: Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Flinders Medical Centre
Phillipa is a clinical researcher at Flinders Medical Centre, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Q&A with Phillipa
What interested you about patient reported measures research and/or projects?
“I’m interested in reporting the patient’s experience alongside the clinical outcome. To me these go hand in hand when measuring the success of any treatment. By enabling patients to record and report their treatment outcomes we can tailor and refine our clinical practice.”
What is your biggest achievement in relation to patient reported measures research, or the application of research into practice?
“Contributing to the development and ongoing functioning of both the Breast Reconstruction Database and Hand Surgery Outcomes Database within the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit at Flinders Medical Centre are two of my biggest achievements. These initiatives link clinical outcomes with PRMs which are then integrated into the patient medical record. The success of these continuous improvement projects relies on the contributions of many people.
- Deek RP, Lee IOK, van Essen P, Crittenden T, Dean NR. Predicted versus actual complications in Australian women undergoing post-mastectomy breast reconstruction: a retrospective cohort study using the BRA Score tool. JPRAS 2021: 74(12), 3324 – 3334
- van Essen P, Keillor N, Long R, Dean N. Surgeon-driven preoperative psychiatric evaluation of plastic surgery patients. Aust. J Plastic Surgery 2021: 4(2), 85 – 92
- Crittenden T, Watson DI, Ratcliffe J, Griffin PA, Dean NR, AFESA research group. Does breast reduction surgery improve health-related quality of life? A prospective cohort study in Australian women. BMJ open 2020: 10 (2), e031804”
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 with consumers is an important part of the process. I’m involved in Consumer Group Meetings for both the Breast Reconstruction and Hand Surgery patient groups. These are a great opportunity to hear directly from patients about their experiences.”
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