- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
CW : Persuasive Communication
- Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam
Name: Alexandra Lelia Dima
PhD: 2010, University of Edinburgh
MSc: 2002, University of Bucharest
Interests: My research focuses on understanding how people adjust psychologically to chronic conditions (e.g., chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, low back pain, asthma), how they manage their condition for example by taking medication or using healthcare services, how their health care providers support them in managing their health, and ultimately how self-management support services can be improved to produce sustainable changes in patients’ health and quality of life. To investigate these questions, I mainly use an observational approach which combines a broad range of methods, e.g. psychometrics, structural equation modeling, hierarchical longitudinal modeling, thematic analysis, coding emotions in non-verbal behaviour.
Research: ASTRO-LAB (www.astrolab-project.eu), an FP7-funded research project on asthma treatment. Within this project, we investigate the long-term impact of patients’ self-management behaviors on their health outcomes, as well as several modifiable factors that may influence how patients self-manage their asthma. We have conducted a cohort study in France and the United Kingdom that follows up patients (adults and children) for up to 2 years to monitor telephonically their medication use and health outcomes. Available medical and health insurance records are analysed to provide complementary information. Patients, caregivers, and health care providers also report on their experiences, perceptions and behaviours via online surveys. We aim to examine the relationships between these key players in the care partnership, and how they impact on behaviors and health outcomes longitudinally. This investigation will result in recommendations to improve health communication in asthma, with particular focus on supporting self-management.