• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

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19952018
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Research interests

Associate Professor Magnolia Cardona is a health services researcher with a passion for ensuring high quality care of disadvantaged populations. Her work over the past few years has focused on the identification and reduction of overtreatment of older patients near the end of life.

Since 2014 she has led a program of research to improve end-of-life care for patients, families and health professionals (https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/sense-ending). Central to this was the development, implementation and validation of a checklist for identifying terminal patients and facilitating doctor's conversations with patients and families about end-of-life care preferences. See CriSTAL project page, available at:

https://swscs.med.unsw.edu.au/project/validation-cristal-criteria-screening-and-triaging-appropriate-alternative-care

Another research initiative which recently attracted international media attention was a review of unnecesary treatments in hospitals at the end of life. The global publicity indicated that these sensitive topics apply across cultures and highlighted the willingness of clinicians and service managers to address them in several health systems.

http://theconversation.com/doctors-still-provide-too-many-dying-patients-with-needless-treatment-61091

https://croakey.org/please-dont-let-this-happen-to-me-too-much-medicine-at-the-end-of-life/

http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/global-analysis-finds-unnecessary-end-life-treatment-widespread

Her research program supports Dying to Know Day, a time to bring conversations on the importance of stating your last wishes before it is too late.

https://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/health/day-voice-your-dying-preferences

The Palliative Medicine journal awarded her team a Paper of the Year Award in 2016 for a systematic review on the perceived and actual benefits of advance care documentation

https://eapcnet.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/palliative-medicine-paper-of-the-year-award-helping-clinicians-engage-in-end-of-life-discussions-with-older-dying-patients/

A/Prof Cardona has a background in Medicine from Latin America with Australian postgraduate qualifications in Public Health (MPH) and Applied Epidemiology (PhD and Grad Dipl Appl Epidemiology).

She has worked with international aid agencies in Europe and Africa, at State Health Departments and Universities in Australia, and has eight years experience teaching at the Master's level. Her research interests are health services research, health program evaluation, patient safety, end-of-life care, chronic disease prevention (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer), international health, pharmacoepidemiology and evidence-based health policy. 

 

Education/Academic qualification

Research Translation in General Practice, PhD, University of Sydney

20082011

Health Economics, Certificate, Monash University

1996

Epidemiology, Grad Diploma of Applied Epidemiology, NSW Vocational Education & Accreditation Board (VETAB)

19931996

Public Health, Master of Public Health, University of Sydney

19911993

Medicine, Bachelor or Medicine and Surgery, Universidad del Valle

19781984

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, University of New South Wales

Oct 2013Jun 2018

Epidemiologist, R&D Branch, NPS MedicineWise

20112013

Statistician/Data Manager, Prevention Research Collaboration, University of Sydney

20082011

Research Associate, Sydney Health Projects Group, University of Sydney

20062008

Program Manager, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney

20032006

Coordinating Epidemiologist, Public Health Services Division, Queensland Health

19992003

Emergency Preparedness Epidemiologist, Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

19961999

Public Health Officer Trainee, NSW Health

19931996

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Research Output 1995 2018

39 Citations

Non-beneficial treatments in hospital at the end of life: A systematic review on extent of the problem

Cardona-Morrell, M., Kim, J. C. H., Turner, R. M., Anstey, M., Mitchell, I. A. & Hillman, K., 1 Sep 2016, In : International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 28, 4, p. 456-469 14 p., mzw060.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Therapeutics
Intensive Care Units
Resuscitation Orders
Literature
Information Storage and Retrieval

Are We Making Progress on Communication with People Who Are Near the End of Life in the Australian Health System? A Thematic Analysis

Trankle, S. A., Shanmugam, S., Lewis, E., Nicholson, M., Hillman, K. & Cardona, M., 26 Nov 2018, In : Health Communication. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Communication
Health
Delivery of Health Care
communication
health
1 Citations

Efficacy of a tool to predict short-term mortality in older people presenting at emergency departments: Protocol for a multi-centre cohort study

Cardona, M., Lewis, E. T., Turner, R. M., Alkhouri, H., Asha, S., Mackenzie, J., Perkins, M., Suri, S., Holdgate, A., Winoto, L., Chang, C. W., Gallego-Luxan, B., McCarthy, S., Kristensen, M. R., O'Sullivan, M., Skjøt-Arkil, H., Ekmann, A. A., Nygaard, H. H., Jensen, J. J., Jensen, R. O. & 7 othersPedersen, J. L., Breen, D., Petersen, J. A., Jensen, B. N., Mogensen, C. B., Hillman, K. & Brabrand, M., 1 May 2018, In : Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 76, p. 169-174 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hospital Emergency Service
Cohort Studies
mortality
death
Mortality

Predictive validity of the CriSTAL tool for short-term mortality in older people presenting at Emergency Departments: a prospective study

Cardona, M., Lewis, E., Kristensen, M. R., Skjøt-Arkil, H., Ekmann, A. A., Nygaard, H. H., Turner, R. M., Garden, F., Alkhouri, H., Asha, S. E., Mackenzie, J., Perkins, M., Suri, S., Holdgate, A., Winoto, L., Chang, D. C. W., Luxan, B. G., McCarthy, S., Petersen, J. A., Jensen, B. N. & 3 othersMogensen, C. B., Hillman, K. & Brabrand, M., 31 Oct 2018, In : European Geriatric Medicine. p. 1-11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Hospital Emergency Service
Prospective Studies
Mortality
ROC Curve
Calibration

Truth disclosure on prognosis: Is it ethical not to communicate personalised risk of death?

Cardona, M., Kellett, J., Lewis, E., Brabrand, M. & Ní Chróinín, D., 1 Aug 2018, In : International Journal of Clinical Practice. 72, 8, 3 p., e13222.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Truth Disclosure
Disclosure
Intuition
Precision Medicine
Health Personnel