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The GRACIS group has been working in the field of aging, dependency and family networks for many years. As a result of this work, projects, research studies and doctoral theses have been developed and more recently, the Chair of Aging and Quality of Life has been created.
This group of health and social professionals wants to delve into very prevalent problems in our society and find strategies that help us improve people's health and quality of life.
In Spain, the evolution of the main demographic parameters is leading society towards the progressive ageing of the population. It is expected that by 2060 people over the age of 65 will represent 30% of the population and that one in eight people will be 80 or older. Regarding the projection of the National Statistics Institute (INE), in 2066 there will be more than 14 million elderly people, 34,6% of the total population that will reach 41.068.643 inhabitants. On the other hand, life expectancy at birth reaches 82,87 years, with women at 85,58 years and men at 80,08 years. Life expectancy at age 65 in Spain is 21,5% and in Europe 20% (INE 2017).
Women are the majority in old age, 32,0% more than men. This significant change in population structure puts great pressure on systems that promote healthy aging, so answers need to be found to maintain quality of life and functional independence, reducing morbidity and dependency. In this sense, it is important to frame this demographic transition as a challenge for health professionals for educational practices that promote active and healthy aging.
The ageing process is associated with the development of chronic diseases, the progressive increase in dependency and changes in family and social structures. Although the association between age and health status is highly variable among the elderly population, old age is the stage of life in which people’s physical deterioration becomes most evident; Multiple disabilities and biopsychosocial health-related problems make it difficult to experience positive ageing.
It is also true that there is another factor related to the longer life expectancy of women. Living longer than men makes them more likely to be widowed and live longer alone. A growing problem in our society is the loneliness of the elderly, and even worse the unwanted loneliness. In Spain, 2 million people over the age of 65 live alone and 72% are women and this figure increases in the case of women over the age of 80.
Faced with this increase in life expectancy, the purpose of health professionals is to delay the onset of these diseases and promote healthy ageing by increasing disability-free life expectancy, promoting the health of the elderly so that they can live autonomously while contributing to society.
Furthermore, health and social professionals must be innovative when it comes to taking a comprehensive approach to the elderly and the resources we have. Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) not only affect the way society is organised, but also the way people relate, work, communicate, understand and interact with each other.
Digital health has many benefits which affect the patient, medical care and the health system. It empowers the patient, offering satisfaction and improved standard minimum care, remote access, individual well-being, health awareness, and resilience. ICT is an innovative, creative and pedagogical tool that allows for changes in the process of disease prevention and promotion of health, and this knowledge opens up new possibilities in the development of educational strategies for patients with chronic diseases or risk factors.
For this reason, and given that the healthcare system faces significant challenges in both the increase in demand for care and the scarcity of available resources, it is necessary to develop and evaluate new interventions and technological tools in order to ensure a better quality of life for the patient; and evolve towards better, more efficient and sustainable care. This evolution becomes more relevant and highlights the need to change working methods in healthcare settings, health care models, and the training of students and health professionals using the most innovative learning methods.
This research group is directly linked to the Master's Degree in Integrated Care in Chronicity and Ageing (MAICE) at Pompeu Fabra University and to the activity carried out at the ESCST Center for Simulation and Innovation in Health.
Group coordinator: Dra. Esther Cabrera Torres
Diplomada en infermeria per la Universitat de Barcelona (UB) i llicenciada en humanitats per la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC). Doctorat per a professionals d'Atenció Primària (UIC). Diploma d'estudis avançats (UIC), suficiència investigadora (UIC), Certified Birth Educator (Academy of Certified Birth Educator), Postgrau en infermeria intensiva (UAB).
Va iniciar la seva trajectòria científica el 1994 a la University of Nebraska Medical Center en Omaha, Nebraska (USA), com a docent en el Departament de Ginecologia i Obstetrícia del Hospital Universitari. Després, va treballar com a becària de recerca a la Fundació de recerca de l'Hospital de Sant Pau de Barcelona en un projecte del 5è Programa Marc de la Unió Europea. També ha treballat com a docent a la Facultat de Ciències de la Salut de la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) i ha dirigit el Màster Oficial en Ciències de la Infermeria de la UIC. Des del 2010 fins al 2019 ha sigut la directora de l'Escola Superior de Ciències de la Salut del TecnoCampus i també va exercir de degana. Va formar part, com a investigadora, del Grup de Recerca Consolidat (GRC, SGR 916) de l'Agència de Gestió d'Ajudes Universitàries i de Recerca (AGAUR).Actualment, és la directora de la Càtedra d'Envelliment i Qualitat de Vida del TecnoCampus i del Màster en Atenció Integrada a la Cronicitat i l'Envelliment de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra i coordinadora del Grup de Recerca Consolidat "Atenció a la Cronicitat i innovació en Salut (GRACIS).
Exerceix com a professora catedràtica a l'Escola Superior de Ciències de la Salut del TecnoCampus i col·labora com a professora associada al Department of Care Management and Social Work de la Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University) en Moscu (Rusia). És avaluadora de projectes FIS i ETS del Ministeri de Sanitat (Institut de Salut Carlos III), avaluadora de projectes de recerca a l'àrea de biomedicina de l'Agència Nacional d'Avaluació de la Qualitat i Acreditació (ANECA), de l'agència Nacional d'Avaluació de Projectes (ANEP) del Ministeri de Ciència i innovació i forma part del panel d'experts per la avaluació de projectes COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) de la Comissió Europea. És revisora de la revista Patients Education and Counselling, Clinical Nurse Specialist i European Geratric of Medicine i forma part del comitè editorial de la revista Nursing in the 21st Century.
Forma part com a investigadora externa del Programa de Doctorat de Medicina de la UB, del Programa de Doctorat en Ciències de la Salut de la Universitat Jaume I de Castelló i del Programa de Biomedicina de la UPF. Ha dirigit 10 tesis doctorals i 8 treballs de fi de màster. Fins avui dia, té més de 62 articles publicats en l'àmbit de les Ciències Socials i de la Salut, 57 dels quals són JCR, 25 dins del primer quartil, 10 en el Q2, 13 en el Q3 i 9 en el Q4. Molts amb un nombre important de citacions (871 total) per la seva disciplina i amb un índex-h de 18.
Dr. Carmen Rosell
Dr. Esther Moore
Graduated in Physiotherapy from the Blanquerna University School of Nursing and Physiotherapy (Ramon Llull University) (2002). Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the University of Barcelona (UB) (2008). Official Master's Degree in Physical Activity and Sport from the UB (2009). PhD from the University of Barcelona (2013). Professor Doctor Higher School of Health Sciences, TecnoCampus, center attached to Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Member of the Consolidated Research Group Attention to chronicity and innovation in health (GRACIS) recognized by the University and Research Grants Management Agency AGAUR (SGR 944). IP of the studies: Index of Aquatic Sensory Profiles: development and clinimetric validation of a new measure of results of aquatic therapy / Efficacy of aquatic exercise versus conventional in breast cancer survivors. AQUAFIT project (ADAMED Laboratories grant, SLO) Collaborating researcher in the PENSA project (project funded by the Alzheimer's Association and the Carles III Health Institute). Coordinator of the Physiotherapy Degree at the Higher School of Health Sciences, TecnoCampus, a center attached to the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Coordinator of the aquatic therapy group of the College of Physiotherapists of Catalonia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7742-1880
Dr. Raquel Sebio
Physiotherapist expert in respiratory and oncological physiotherapy and doctorate in Health Sciences from the University of A Coruña. She currently works as a physiotherapist at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Agustí Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS) of the same institution. Raquel is author and co-author of 18 scientific publications and collaborator in national and international research projects. She is also an associate professor at the TecnoCampus School of Health Sciences and a lecturer at the Postgraduate Course in Therapeutic Exercise at La Salle Madrid and the Master's Degree in Therapeutic Physical Activity at the University of Blanquerna.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7167-4737
Dr. Sandra Arco
Dra. Esther Matthew
Diploma in nursing from the University of Barcelona. He has worked in different areas: emergencies, health care, clinical and socio-health care, clinical trial research in Barcelona, Valencia and Almeria. University expert in health and health promotion and university master's degree in nursing sciences from the University of Almeria. University expert in Nursing, use and handling of drugs by the National University of Distance Education. Doctorate in Health, psychology and psychiatry from the Rovira i Virgili University and the University of Almeria.
She works as a research teaching professor of the Degree in Nursing at TecnoCampus. He is an active member of the GRACIS research group.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2036-0444
Mrs. Laura Curell (PhD student)
Diploma in Nursing at Ramon Llull University (URL). Postgraduate degree in Nursing Management from the University School of Nursing of the Sea, attached to the University of Barcelona. Postgraduate degree in Urgent Prehospital Care by the University of Barcelona. Postgraduate in Update in diagnostics and therapeutics of diseases prevalent in the community by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Postgraduate degree in comprehensive care for critically ill patients with cardiovascular and/or respiratory disease by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Official Master's Degree in Care for Chronicity and Dependence at the Tecnocampus Higher School of Health Sciences.
She works as a care nurse in the Emergency Department at the Mataró Hospital in the Consorci Sanitari del Maresme. Delegate of the Maresme of the Official College of Nurses and Nurses of Barcelona. Teaching Research Professor (PDI) in the Degree in Nursing of the Department of Health of the Tecnocampus, attached to Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Barcelona and responsible for the technical simulation spaces of the Simulation and Innovation in Health Center (CSIS) of the Department of Health of the Tecnocampus .
Active member of the GRACIS research group and the Simulation Nursing Research Group of Catalonia and Andorra (GRISCA).
Doctoral student in the doctoral program in Nursing Sciences of the Universitat Jaume I, in the Line of Research: Nursing care in specific population groups and health management.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5363-9666
Dr. Meritxell Puyané
Degree in Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (2021) with Excellent Cum laude qualification. Master's in Clinical Psychopathology of the Adult by the UAB (2003). Postgraduate degree in detection and intervention in family violence by the University of Barcelona (2009). Doctoral professor at the Higher School of Health Sciences, TecnoCampus, a center attached to the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Member of the Consolidated Research Group on Attention to Chronicity and Innovation in Health (GRACIS) recognized by the University and Research Grants Management Agency AGAUR (SGR 944).
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4900-7249
Dr. Carlos Martinez Piper
nurse Doctor from the Health Doctorate program of the University of Lleida (UdL). Master's degree in Health Education from the University of Lleida (UdL). Master's degree in Epidemiology and Public Health from Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Postgraduate degree in Primary Care and Community Care in Nursing by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Diploma in Nursing by the School of Nursing Sant Joan de Déu (UB).
Doctoral professor in the Degree in Nursing at the Higher School of Health Sciences TecnoCampus, a center attached to the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Member of the Consolidated Research Group Attention to chronicity and innovation in health (GRACIS) recognized by the University and Research Grants Management Agency AGAUR (SGR 944). Principal Investigator (PI) of the Project '4D in the Digitalization of Learning in Practice Placement', ERASMUS+ Programme Action Type KA220-HED - Cooperation partenariats in higher education Call 2021 Round 1. Context: Field Higher Education; Agreement 2021-1-ES01-KA220-HED-000027496
ORCHID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0899-353X
Rebeca Marin (PhD student)
Marc Terradellas Fernández
Coordinator of the Double Degree Degree in Physiotherapy and the Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at TecnoCampus Mataró of the UPF (from academic year 2022-2023). Diploma (2004) and Graduate in Physiotherapy (2016). Doctor in Medicine from the UAB (2020). University Master in Chest Physiotherapy (2015). Postgraduate in Chest Physiotherapy (2012). Postgraduate in Acupuncture applied to joint and myofascial pain (2010). Member of the Consolidated Research Group Attention to Chronicity and Innovation in Health (GRACIS) recognized by the University and Research Grants Management Agency AGAUR (SGR 944) of the TecnoCampus Health Department (UPF). Member of the Research Group on Sarcopenia, Frailty and Dependence (GRESFD) accredited by AGAUR of the Consorci Sanitari del Maresme (Hospital de Mataró).
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7512-5826
Carme Planas Campany
nurse PhD in the Doctorate program in Nursing Sciences of the University of Barcelona (UB). Professor Doctor Higher School of Health Sciences, TecnoCampus in the Degree in Nursing, center attached to Pompeu Fabra University (UPF). Official Master's Degree in Leadership and Management of Nursing Services by the UB. Master's degree in Nursing Services Management from the UB. Postgraduate degree in Health Education (UB). Graduated in Nursing from the University School of the UB. Member of the Consolidated Research Group Attention to chronicity and innovation in health (GRACIS) recognized by the University and Research Grants Management Agency AGAUR (SGR 944).
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9840-0982
Anabel Casanovas Alvarez
This line works in the field of chronic diseases and their impact on the lives of people who suffer from them and their carers.
Responsible: Dr. C. Chabrera email@example.com
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Responsible: Dr. Raquel Sebio firstname.lastname@example.org
The scientific knowledge in health currently available is biased, one of the main problems being the omission of gender (Laurila & Young, 2001). Historically, health research has scarcely examined the problems that particularly affect women, and numerous issues have been skewed through partial and stereotyped approaches (WHO, 1998).
The incorporation of the gender perspective in research understood as Gender-sensitive research takes into account gender and its multiple social, theoretical and methodological dimensions in all phases of research projects (design, theoretical framework, methodology and techniques, data analysis and publication of results), contributing to greater rigor and innovation (Schiebinger, L. Schraudner, 2011; Gender in EU-funded research Toolkit, 2009).
The GRACIS GROUP is committed to the inclusion of a gender perspective in its projects with the aim of creating scientifically reflective and socially responsible projects.
10Title: 4D in the Digitization of Learning in Practice Placement. Funding body: ERASMUS + European Commission. Grant reference: KA2 -Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. Amount granted € 377.840. Duration: from 01/11/2021 to 01/11/2024. Principal Investigator: Dr. Carlos Martínez Gaitero / Dra. Esther Cabrera. Collaborators: Beata Dobrowolska (Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Lublin, Poland), Daniel Moreno, Oriol Estrada, Isabel Andrés (Institute for Health Science Research Germans Trias i Pujol, Barcelona, Spain), Sebastian Dennerlein (Know- Center GmbH. Graz University of Technology and Business, Austria) Gilbert Peffer, Tamsin Treasure-Jones, Raymond Elferink Utrecht (Kubify - Learning Toolbox, The Netherlands), Stephanie Herbstreit, Daniela Maeker (Faculty of Medicine of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
11.Title: Effectiveness of a group therapeutic exercise program in patients with muscular dystrophies: A controlled randomized clinical trial. Funding body: College of Physiotherapists of Catalonia. Concession reference: R04 / 21. Amount granted: € 5.965,6. Duration: 31/11/2021 2022 - 2024. Principal investigator: Dra. Raquel Sebio. Collaborators: Dr. Joan Daniel Martí Romeu, Dra. Mihaela Adriana Taranu, Mrs. Inés Bouyssou, Sr. Óscar Vicente, Dra. Sara Laxe. Collaborating entities: Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. TecnoCampus School of Health Sciences. Pompeu Fabra University.