I am currently in the final year of the PhD program and my co-supervisors are Dr. Deborah Tregunno and Pilar Camargo-Plazas. My research interests include strategies to improve self-management, patient safety, quality of life and access to services and resources for vulnerable populations living with chronic conditions including diabetes and chronic wounds. In my doctoral research, I am using constructivist grounded theory to develop a theoretical model that explains the process of engagement in self-management for individuals with diabetic foot ulcers and identifies the factors influencing their engagement. My research’s findings will support education programs that focus on empowering individuals with diabetes and diabetic foot ulcer to engage in self-management practices, which is crucial to improve health care outcomes and quality of life. Recently, my doctoral research received the second Best Diabetic Foot Intervention Award by the Journal of Wound care 2018 in London, UK.
- Second Best Diabetic Foot Intervention Award
- The Queen’s School of Nursing 55th Anniversary Award
- School of Nursing Travel Award,
- The Albert and Anne Francis Foundation Graduate Award
- Robert John Wilson Fellowship
- McLaughlin Scholarship
- Registered Nurse's Foundation of Ontario
- Queen’s Graduate Awards
- Costa, I. G., Plazas.M. P.C., & Tregunno. D. (2017). Re-thinking self-management for individuals with diabetic foot ulcers. Wounds International, 8(2); 10-14.
- Costa, I. G. (2016). Investing in prevention: funding foot care specialists and offloading devices. Diabetic Foot Canada e-Journal, 4(1), 1-3.
- Costa, M.T.F., Oyafuso, L. K. M., Costa, I. G. et all. (2016). The management of pemphigus ulcers: a challenge and learning opportunity for Brazilian nurses. The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists Journal, 36(2), 14-20.
- Costa, I.G. (2016). Influence of the nursing process in the management of venous ulcer: Case Studies. Estima, 14(4), 214-219.
- Caliri, M. H. L., Santos, V.L.C.G., Mandelbaum, M.S.N., Costa, I.G. (2016). Cultural adaptation of the pressure injury classification to the Brazilian-Portuguese language. (Consensus of National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel) Published by Brazilian Association of Enterostomal Therapy (SOBEST) & Brazilian Association of Dermatology Nursing (SOBENDE), Brazil. Available at: http://sobest.org.br/textod/35
- Costa, I.G, Petterle, G.R, & Caliri, M.H.L. (2015). An international model for developing and implementation best practices for pressure ulcer: An integrative review. Estima, 13(1), 35-41.
- Costa, I. G., Tregunno. D & Camargo-Plazas, P. (2018).“I am the boss”: Seniors’ perception of their role in slef-management of diabetic foot ulcer. Abstract submitted to the 14th International Congress of Qualitative inquary, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US, 2018.
- Costa, I. G., Tregunno. D & Camargo-Plazas, P. (2018). Factors that influence self- management in seniors with diabetes-related wounds: a grounded theory analysis. Abstract submitted to the 14th International Congress of Qualitative inquary, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US, 2018.
- Costa, I. G., Luctkar-Flude, M., Tregunno. D, & Camargo-Plazas, P. (2018). Individuals’ experience of having and taking care of their diabetes-related wound: a qualitative systematic review. Abstract submitted to the 14th International Congress of Qualitative inquary, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, US, 2018.
- Costa, I. G., Tregunno. D, & Camargo-Plazas, P. (2017). Enhancing engagement in self-management of diabetes-related ulcer through an empowerment education model. 2017 Annual National Conference on Frailty. Canadian Frailty Network, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2017.
- Costa, I.G. (2015). Advocating for foot care specialists and offloading devices coverage in Ontario. The 21st Annual Conference hosted by Canadian Association of Wound Care in Toronto.
- Costa, I.G. (2016). Patient engagement in self-management of chronic wounds: a Freirean empowerment education model.The 21st Annual Conference hosted by Canadian Association of Wound Care in Toronto.