National Institute of Geriatrics, Mexico
I have been working in health policy and health systems research since the year 2001. I currently work as a Researcher in the National Institute of Geriatrics, one of Mexico’s National Institutes of Health, where I have been since the year 2010, almost since its creation.
Before completing my PhD (2005-2009) I worked at the Mexican Health Foundation (Fundación Mexicana para la Salud) (2001-2005), one of the few health “think tanks” in Mexico. Here, I was very fortunate -and am eternally grateful–to collaborate in two projects that defined my future in health policy research in Care and Long-Term Care. First, led by Dr. Knaul, we developed the Case Study for Mexico in the WHO series Long-term care in developing countries: ten case studies (2003). In doing this, we realised that while ageing research and policies were starting in the country, there was a complete lack of LTC policies and very little information on either public or private (profit and not for profit) LTC services. The second project, led by Dr. Nigenda was one of the first studies on unpaid health care by household residents for adults with chronic conditions and/or disability. This was a mixed methods study using the very first time use survey in the country (2002) and a qualitative exploration to investigate the mechanisms used by family members to provide care to other household members with a chronic disease or disability.
Since then, I realised LTC was a highly relevant issue that merited much more research, but also the development and integration of concrete LTC policies both for formal and unpaid carers/services. Still much more to do…
|Topics||Community-based LTC; Dementia care and support; Economics of LTC; Evaluation of LTC systems and services; Gender and care; Governance and LTC systems organisation; LTC Policy; LTC Reforms; LTC Systems; LTC Workforce; Quality and accreditation for LTC services; Survey measures; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;|
|Methods||Comparative policy analysis; Data science and LTC research; Discrete choice analysis; Document analysis; Ethnography; Mixed methods; Policy analysis; Qualitative studies; Quantitative data analysis; Surveys; Theory of Change;|
|Interest Groups||Strengthening Responses to Dementia;|
Broadly, my research interests include long-term care, dementia care, social support systems for older adults, social and economic determinants of ageing, the value of unpaid care, as well as policies and models of care for older adults.
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