WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Services and Nursing Development for Noncommunicable Disease Care


Ferrer Lagunas, Lilian

Catoni Salamanca, Maria Isabel


Gonzalez Madrid, Marcela

Farias Cancino, Angelica

Solange Campos Romero

Alcayaga Rojas, Claudia

Bustamante Troncoso, Claudia

Navarrete Contardo, Carolina

Terms oF Reference

To collaborate with PAHO/WHO in ensuring that schools of nursing prepare a competent nursing workforce able to provide effective care to persons living with chronic conditions.

To collaborate with PAHO/ WHO in the generation and dissemination of evidence based research related to chronic disease prevention and management.

To collaborate with PAHO/WHO to develop the skills of community health care force and family caregivers to support persons living with chronic conditions.


School of Nursing, PUC Chile

During this period, the SON PUC has developed new strategies to accomplish the objectives PAHO/WHO has trusted us with:

    • TOR 1: Competent nursing workforce: more nurses have started training as nurse practitioners (NP), in an accelerated program in Chile or in the United States with the purpose of establishing the NP role in Chile in the near future. A course on the role of a the NP was delivered again with the support of Boston College; NP was incorporated as a key actor in providing oncology care in Chile. One faculty member is currently attending the PhD program at University of Miami with financial support; a second one was accepted for Fall 2019. SON’s NP program is currently under review by the University authorities. PhD program, open to different professionals in the health care sector, is currently being developed; the commission expects to have the curriculum ready by the end of this year.
    • TOR 2: Generation and dissemination of evidence: our faculty have received new intramural and extramural funding to further develop research on this area, having active projects, publications and participating in national and international congresses.
    • TOR 3: To develop skills of community health care and family caregivers: successful programs promoting self-care in chronic conditions have been improved and re-implemented, such as workshops about self-management in chronic conditions, family caregivers program and a MOOC “Primary Health: the challenge of non-communicable diseases.” Five members of the SON and health care network took the online diploma “Caring for the caregivers” with the support of The National University of Colombia (CC).

The center’s director is currently the president-elect for the next period.

    • Abarca, E., Campos, S., Herskovic, V., & Fuentes, C. (2018). Perceptions on technology for volunteer respite care for bedridden elders in Chile. International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being, 13(1), 1422663. DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2017.1422663
      Perucca D; Campos, S; Márquez, F. (2018). Experiencia de participar en un programa de apoyo al trabajador/cuidador familiar de adultos mayores dependientes. Gerokomos, 29(3):128-132. ISSN 1134-928X.
    • Poblete, F., Barticevic, N., Sapag, J., Tapia, P., Bastí­as, G., Quevedo, D., Valdés, C., Bustamante, C., Alcayaga, C., & Pérez, G. (2018). Apoyo social percibido en pacientes con Hipertensión Arterial y Diabetes Mellitus tipo II en Atención Primaria y su relación con autopercepción de salud. Revista médica de Chile, 146(10), 1135-1142. DOI: 10.4067/S0034-98872018001001135
    • Acuña, M., Márquez, F., Campos, S., & Alcayaga, C. (2018). Adaptando mi vida: vivencias de cuidadores familiares de personas con enfermedad de Alzheimer. Gerokomos, 29(2), 54-58. ISSN 1134-928X.
    • Suárez-Reyes, M., Muñoz, M., & Van den Broucke, S. (2018). How do universities implement the Health Promoting University concept? Health promotion international. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/day055
    • Course “Role of the ANP” in collaboration with Dr. Susan Kelly-Weeder from Boston College. Participants 13 Chilean nurses. January-May 2019.
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    • “Family Caregivers UC”, which focuses on informal caregivers in the care of their family members with chronic conditions and their self-care. July-November 2018.
    • Self-management and motivational strategies in the Chronic Care Model, workshops to health professionals of the primary care level, 3 sessions. July 2018 to April 2019. 
    • Fundamentals for the incorporation of self-management support in the attention of people with chronic health conditions, 4 sessions. October-November 2018.
    • Implementation of group educational strategies to support self-management, based on adult education methodologies, 3 sessions in April 2018.
    • Attendance to Annual Meeting in Havanna, Cuba, where our CC Director, Dr. Lilian Ferrer, was named Collaborating Center’s Regional Coordinator for Nursing and Midwifery for the upcoming period. September 2018.
    • XVII Pan American Colloquium on Nursing Research Chile 2020, to be hold in November 9, 2020.