The core team of PCC NET is a group of health care researchers and a software engineer from Santiago de Chile and Hamburg, Germany. In the past, the two national research groups have collaborated in research projects on patient-centered care. This joint work has inspired the teams to establish a network to enable and strengthen collaboration between different stakeholders interested in patient-centered care in Chile, Germany, and beyond.
Paulina Bravo is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Her background is in mental health nursing and completed her postdoctoral training at the School of Social Sciences and Medicine at Cardiff University. She is also an adjunct researcher for the Millennium Nucleus Center Authority and Power Asymmetries. Paulina leads the research team for patient-centered care and shared decision-making. Her main goal is to explore mechanisms to advance in the democratization of healthcare by promoting patient participation at all levels. She is the co-founder of the Latin American network for Shared Decision Making and serves as a Board Member for the International Shared Decision Making Society.
Ivo Engert has been working at the University Medical Center Eppendorf for many years and supervises scientific in the field of health care research.
His expertise includes among other things: scientific Networks and their websites, administration of scientific societies such as the ISDM Society and the German Society for Medical Psychology, quality management/-assurance in multicentre studies.
Martin Härter holds a chair at the Department of Medical Psychology of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Furthermore, he acts as scientific director of the Agency for Quality in Medicine in Berlin, Germany. He is an experienced clinician and healthcare researcher with specific focus on chronic diseases and mental health, psychooncology, innovative care models, evidence-based and patient-centred care as well as shared decision-making. He is founding president of the International Shared Decision Making Society and past president of the German Society of Medical Psychology.
Anne Klimesch is psychologist and research associate in the research group of Dr. Isabelle Scholl at the Department of Medical Psychology at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. She is part of in the bi-national research project “Promoting Patient Participation in Care: Transferring knowledge on patient-centered research, education, and clinical practice”. In her PhD project she aims to understand the mechanisms affecting the implementation of patient-centered care in Germany and Chile and to eventually develop an evidence-based training in PCC. In addition, she is a post-graduate psychotherapy student.
Alejandra Martínez holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). She is a research coordinator for the Patient-centered care group at the School of Nursing at the PUC. She is part of the bi-national research project “Promoting Patient Participation in Care: Transferring knowledge on patient-centered research, education, and clinical practice.”
Isabelle Scholl is a professor and head of the outpatient clinic for psychooncology at the Department of Medical Psychology of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. She oversees two research groups in the field of psychooncology and patient-centered care. Part of her research focuses on measuring and implementing shared decision-making and patient-centered care. She has a background in psychology and psychotherapy. In her role as lecturer, she combines her clinical and research expertise to foster the patient-centeredness of the future generation of healthcare professionals.