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Laura Fernandez Maldonado – Health and Aging Foundation UAB, Spain

"Can chronic pain coping and management be improved through an online training strategy?"



Laura Fernandez Maldonado
Patients’ and citizens responsible
Fundació Salut i Envelliment UAB (Health and Aging Foundation UAB) Patients’ University

Laura Fernandez
In 2000 she joined the Foundation as project manager and researcher, where she works as responsible of Patients’ and Citizens Area and the Patients’ University Project. Masters Diploma of Advanced Studies in Sociology, her key qualifications comprise to engage patients’ and citizens in their self-management, empowerment and active aging, by means of providing skills and tools to help them to copy with their health status. She has been working in research projects to have a better knowledge about the factors that interact in quality of life perception, the patient centered care model, disease monitoring (including treatments adherence), and the acceptance of technology in health. She has also contributed in the design and patients’ engagement of a series of advocacy and health educational programs across Spain, Latam and Europe. Since 2016, she has been coordinating the Online Chronic Pain Fundació Grünenthal Lecture Room (Patients’ University). She develops research link to patient’s views and preferences to increase their participation, in addition to health literacy. She has worked with multiple stakeholders in health Spanish System. She collaborated from 2004 to 2011 with the Spanish Patient Forum and she was the director of the Catalan Patient Forum. Since 2008 she has the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Master Training certification by the Stanford University.

Fundació Salut i Envelliment UAB
Expert centre in the field of ageing and health. The Foundation performs research on all aspects of health promotion and active aging, both clinical and social, with a long history of research among others on chronic diseases, dementia (including mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease), physical activity, falls, frailty, nutrition, disability assessment, as well as assistive technologies for the elderly. FSIE is an assessor of the Catalan government in the matters of chronic diseases and long term care for the patients and elderly, and we have frequent contact with patients, caregivers and elderly people associations, as well as nursing homes, long term care centres, etc.