Mr. Candelaria is a Registered Nurse with extensive clinical experience in cardiothoracic and coronary care nursing. He was also a Research Associate at the Sydney Quality of Life Office at The University of Sydney where he developed a deeper understanding of the conceptual underpinnings and the practical application of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life (HRQL). He is currently completing his PhD, which focuses on understanding health-related quality of life outcomes from different models of cardiac rehabilitation (CR), particularly remote delivery during COVID-19 pandemic. His research will inform patient-centred quality improvement initiatives to improve patient outcomes and promote equitable access to CR.
He has published several peer-reviewed articles on patient outcomes in CR and has won prizes and awards.
He aims to submit his PhD thesis in mid-2022 and plans to pursue a research career.