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Dr. Pilar Camargo Plazas PhD, RN
Dr. Pilar Camargo Plazas
Assistant Professor
Contact Info
613.533.6000 ext: 75690

Graduate Student Supervision

I am currently accepting MNSc and PhD students in the area of health equity in vulnerable groups (immigrants, people with chronic illness, seniors, low-income individuals, women, etc.), global health, social determinants of health, and access to health care services using qualitative methodologies (interpretive, critical and emancipatory approaches).



My approach to teaching with students is rather simple. I see myself as a facilitator of students’ learning goals. This facilitation process creates a unique and more inclusive learning environment where students are actively involved in dialogue and collaboration to learn effectively and gain knowledge. As a teacher, I encourage my students to share their valuable experiences that enrich and add meaning to the learning experience. Their diverse backgrounds, beliefs and values enhance and strengthen learning encounters. In this way the process of learning becomes a process of mutual growing and understanding.



By focusing on health equity, my research program is oriented not only toward the identification of research needs, but it is also oriented toward the development of strategies for sustainable change and action. There is a growing need to critically investigate how societies organize and distribute resources and address attention toward economic, political, environmental and social factors and their effects on health outcomes, promotion and disease prevention. Then, the social determinants of health and their contributions to population health are used in my research program to understand the complex role that overlapping social structures and economic systems play in the health and well-being of vulnerable groups and our nursing practice at local, provincial and global levels. As such, under the overarching concept of health equity and following the social determinants of health perspective, my research program entails three interrelated components. These include population component, practice component and global components (please see Diagram 1). The integration of these three components is a crucial axis in the development of research to tackle inequities with the corresponding populations. My projects fall under the Queen’s Nursing and Health Research clusters of Populations with Complex Health Conditions and Health Care Quality.



Camargo Plazas, M.d.P., & Cameron, B.L. (2015). Freire’s Participatory Educational Method to Understand the Experience of Living with Chronic Illness in the Age of Globalization.  Journal of Nursing Research, 23(2), 83-93. doi: 10.1097/JNR.0000000000000090

Cameron, B.L., Camargo Plazas, M.d.P., Santos Salas, A., Bourque-Bearskin, L. & Hungler, K. (2014). Understanding Inequalities in Access to Healthcare Services for Aboriginal People: A Call for Nursing Action. Advances in Nursing Science special issue on Health Equities, 37(3), E1-E16. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000039.

Guerra Guerrero, V., Camargo Plazas, M.d.P., Cameron, B.L., Santos Salas, A. & Cofre González, C.G. (2014) Understanding the Life Experience of People on Hemodialysis: Adherence to Treatment and Quality of Life. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 14(3); 289-298.

Camargo Plazas, M.d.P. Cameron, B.L. & Smith, D.G. (2012). Neoliberal Oriented Health Care System Answer to Global Competition or a Threat to Health Equality for People with Chronic Illness. Advances in Nursing Science, 35(2); 166-181. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e31825372a4.

Camargo Plazas, M.d.P. (2009). Mapping Chronic Illness in the Age of Globalization: Reclaiming the Good for the Chronically Ill.Advances in Nursing Science, Apr-Jun; 32(2):E30-41 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181a3b354.

Book Chapters:

Camargo Plazas, M.d.P. & Cameron, B. (2015). Entendiendo las Inequidades en Salud a través de los Determinantes de la Salud: Un Desafío para la Práctica de Enfermería. [Understanding Inequalities in Health through the Social Determinants of Health: A Challenge for Nursing Practice]. Paper submitted to consideration for the Book of Nursing Care. Bogota, Colombia: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Camargo Plazas, M. d. P. (2005). The experience of living with and caring for their own chronic illness in Funza (Colombia). In La investigacion y el cuidado en America Latina. [La experiencia de vivir y cuidarse en situaciones de enfermedad cronica en individuos residentes del Municipio de Funza.] (First Edition ed., pp. 447-484). Bogota, Colombia: Universidad Nacional de Colombia.