Epidemiology and Evaluation

Research group

Group Leader

Maria Sala Serra

This is a group with multidisciplinary training (epidemiology, health economy, statistics and nursing) which has carried out research activity in the field of health services research (HSR), specifically in the evaluation of the effectiveness and costs of health services and interventions; the evaluation of the needs and use of health services; and the development of instruments for HSR. Current research lines are centered mainly on the evaluation of the health care process in cancer patients, focusing on breast and colon cancer screening, and the process’s impact on survival.




Andrea Buron Pust (Researcher)

Xavier Castells Oliveres (Researcher)

Mercè Comas Serrano (Researcher)

Francesc Cots Reguant (Researcher)

Francesc Assís Macià Guilà (Researcher)

Marta Román Expósito (Researcher)

Roser Terradas Robledo (Researcher)

Cristina Hernández Rodríguez (Technician)

Anna Jansana Riera (Technician)

Diego Juárez Rodríguez (Technician)

Javier Louro Aldamiz-Echevarría (Technician)

Marta Riu Camps (Technician)

Irene Fernández García (Research Assistant)

Priscila Giraldo Matamoros (Research Assistant)

Esther Martínez Amor (Research Assistant)


Main Publications

• Burón A, Alison R, Blanks R, Pirie K, Gaitskell K, Barnes I, Gathani T, Reeves G, Beral V, Green J, for the Million Women Study Collaborators. Heterogeneity of colorectal cancer risk by tumour characteristics: Large prospective study of UK women. Int J Cancer 2017; 140(5): 1082-1090. IF 6.513. Q1.

• Román M, Quintana MJ, Ferrer J, Sala M, Castells X, on behalf of the BELE study group. Cumulative risk of breast cancer screening outcomes according to the presence of previous benign breast disease and family history of breast cancer: supporting personalised screening. Br J Cancer 2017; 116(11): 1480-1485. IF 6.176. Q1.

• Burón A, Auge JM, Sala M, Román M, Castells A, Macià F, Comas M, Guiriguet C, Bessa X, Castells X, and the PROCOLON research group. Association between socioeconomic deprivation and colorectal cancer screening outcomes: Low uptake rates among the most and least deprived people. PLoS ONE 2017; 12(6): e0179864. IF 2.806. Q1.

• Posso M, Corominas JM, Serrano L, Román M, Torá-Rocamora I, Domingo L, Romero A, Quintana MJ, Vernet-Tomas M, Baré M, Vidal C, Sánchez M, Saladié F, Natal C, Ferrer J, Servitja S, Sala M, Castells X. Biomarkers expression in benign breast diseases and risk of subsequent breast cancer: a case-control study. Cancer Med 2017; 6(6):1482-1489. IF 3.362. Q2.

Ongoing Research Projects

• Uso de servicios de salud y comorbilidades en mujeres supervivientes de larga duración de cáncer

- Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI16/00244)

- From 2017 to 2019

- Principal investigator: Sala Serra, Maria

• Evaluación del patrón secuencial del nivel de sangre oculta en heces y su relación con el riesgo de neoplasia colorrectal: hacia la optimización del cribado poblacional de cáncer colorrectal

- Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI16/00239)

- From 2017 to 2019

- Principal investigator: Buron Pust, Andrea

• Lesiones benignas de mama, densidad mamaria y asociación con el riesgo de cáncer en una cohorte de mujeres cribadas

- Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI15/00098)

- From 2016 to 2018

- Principal investigator: Castells Oliveres, Xavier


Participation in Research Networks

• Research network on health services in chronical diseases – REDISSEC (Red de Investigación en Servicios de Salud en Enfermedades Crónicas)

- Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII. Subprograma RETICS (RD16/0001/0013)

- From 2017-2021

- Principal investigator: Sala Serra, Maria


Group’s Recognitions

• Officially recognised as a consolidated research group by the Generalitat de Catalunya: Grup de recerca en Epidemiologia i Avaluació (2017-2019)

- Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (SGR 213)

- Principal investigator: Castells Oliveres, Xavier



• Natal C. Efectividad y eficiencia en los programas poblacionales de cribado de cáncer de mama. University of Oviedo

- Directors: Castells Oliveres, Xavier; Tardón García, Adonia

- Date of defense: 27/06/2017



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