I am a PhD Researcher at Loughborough University (Design School). My interest is on integrating systems thinking and social innovation in healthcare design. My doctoral research is focused on the interactions of outcomes and values of healthcare to drive participatory system development. As part of this research, I am developing systems thinking/mapping methods that helps different stakeholders to discuss, negotiate and communicate their complex needs.
I have also collaborated on ‘Powering Productivity’, an ESRC funded project that maps the links between energy, wellbeing and productivity (https://www.cusp.ac.uk/themes/powering-productivity/).
I have experience in experience design research for government-funded healthcare projects, such as TN Active Care (Mexico-Canada). I have worked in the industry developing e-health platforms and services for the Mexican government.
Before starting my PhD in Loughborough, I was a full-time Assistant Professor in Universidad Panamericana (Guadalajara, Mexico). I was leading modules for the BSc Innovation and Design Engineering students. Also, I was developing assistant technology projects for children with motor/cognitive disabilities.
Working within responsible design and human factors my research interest is related to enhance healthcare systems development by combining approaches from systems thinking, participatory design and human factors.
Thomas Jun, Carolina Escobar-Tello and Rebecca Cain.
A holistic outcome-driven approach for healthcare systems development.
This research is focused on the interactions of outcomes and values of healthcare to drive participatory healthcare system development.
Outcomes from a broad range of healthcare stakeholders are being considered as part of this approach. These outcomes include psychosocial needs such as wellbeing and quality of life, as well as behavioural, organisation and safety aspects.
As part of this research, systems thinking/mapping methods that help different stakeholders to discuss, negotiate and communicate their complex needs are being developed. Patients living with chronic conditions and their families, senior healthcare managers, local authorities and commissioners have contributed to this research.
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Systems Thinking, Participatory Design, Systems mapping, Healthcare Design, Social innovation
Landa-Avila, I. C., Jun, G. T., Cain, R., & Escobar Tello, M. C. (2018). Holistic outcome-based visualisations for defining the purpose of healthcare system. In S. Barbero (Ed.), Relating System Thinking and Design (RSD7) 2018 Symposium (pp. 300–314). Turin: Systemic Design Association.
Landa-Avila I.C., Aceves-Gonzalez C. (2019) Inclusive Human-Centered Design: Experiences and Challenges to Teaching Design Engineering Students. In: Bagnara S., Tartaglia R., Albolino S., Alexander T., Fujita Y. (eds) Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018). IEA 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 824. Springer, Cham
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