Health Services


Epidemiology and Public Health Programme

Group Leader

Jordi Alonso Caballero

Our research focuses on methods for measuring perceived health, patient-reported outcomes (PROs), disability and the burden of disease. Our main areas of research apply these methods to assessing the burden of common mental health disorders and to evaluating the comparative effectiveness of interventions for chronic diseases, especially in cancer and asthma. Our research is carried out in collaboration with several international research networks, including the World Mental Health (WMH) Surveys Consortium, and TrueNTH Global Registry – Prostate Cancer Outcomes, a Movember Foundation international initiative.

Knowledge transfer is also an important focus for the group, which plays a leading role in BiblioPRO, the online library of PROs in Spanish containing more than 2300 instruments, which is now going to cover all languages with the new website BiblioPRO International. We have developed a tool to evaluate the quality of these instruments (EMPRO) and a "Procedure and system to evaluate the quality of life related to the health of an individual" (patent n P200600211, May 1999). In addition, we collaborate as partners in international research initiatives and projects, such as SISAQOL, PROMIS-Health Organization, ICHOM, OECD-PaRIS, IQOD, MHADIE, KIDSCREEN, ASTRO-LAB, or EuroQol.

We are engaged in a number of educational and mentoring activities, including the Master’s programme in Public Health, the degree in Medicine, and other official education from both Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), as well as the PSMAR Teaching Unit of Specialists in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Our team comprises some 15 professionals with different backgrounds, such as life sciences, psychology, statistics, and others; it is part of the CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP) of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, and is recognized as a consolidated research group by the Generalitat de Catalunya.

 Research group


María Jesús Blasco Cubedo (Researcher)

Olatz Garin Boronat (Researcher)

Montserrat Ferrer Forés (Researcher)

Antón López Alfonso (Researcher)

Philippe Mortier (Researcher)

Yolanda Pardo Cladellas (Researcher)

Gemma Vilagut Saiz (Researcher)

Laura Ballester Coma (PhD Student)

Ana de Inés Trujillo (PhD Student)

Karina Mayoral Ortiz (PhD Student)

Beatriz Puértolas Gracia (PhD Student)

Itxaso Alayo Bueno (Technician)

Javier Gómez Sánchez (Technician)

Àngels Pont Acuña (Technician)

Purificación Barbas López (Research Assistant)

Carme Gasull Planes (Research Assistant)

Luisa Aurea Martín Morris (Research Assistant)


Main PublicationsOngoing Research ProjectsParticipation in Research NetworksThesesAwardsAppointmentsOutreach 


Main Publications

• Soto-Sanz V, Castellví P, Piqueras JA, et al. Internalizing and externalizing symptoms and suicidal behavior in young people: a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2019; 140(1): 5-19. IF 4.984. Q1.

• Hernández G, Garin O, Dima AL, et al. EuroQol (EQ-5D-5L) Validity in Assessing the Quality of Life in Adults With Asthma: Cross-Sectional Study. J Med Internet Res 2019; 21(1): e10178 IF 4.945. D1.

• Mayoral K, Rajmil L, Murillo M, et al. Measurement Properties of the Online EuroQol-5D-Youth Instrument in Children and Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: Questionnaire Study. J Med Internet Res 2019; 21(11): e14947. IF 4.945. D1.

• Miranda-Mendizábal A, Castellví P, Alayo I, et al. Gender commonalities and differences in risk and protective factors of suicidal thoughts and behaviors: A cross-sectional study of Spanish university students. Depress Anxiety 2019; 36(11): 1102-1114. IF 4.935. D1.

• Blasco-Cubedo MJ, Vilagut G, Almenara J, et al. Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors: Prevalence and Association with Distal and Proximal Factors in Spanish University Students. Suicide Life Threat Behav 2019; 49(3): 881-898. IF 3.032. Q1.

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Ongoing Research Projects

• Efectividad del tratamiento de las lesiones masivas del manguito rotador del hombro evaluada con resultados relevantes para el paciente: estudio con metodología mixta

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI18/00152)

- Period: from 2019 to 2021

- Principal investigators: Ferrer Forés, Montserrat; Torrens Cánovas, Carles

• Incidencia poblacional de la tentativa y de la repetición de tentativa de suicidio: evaluación del Código riesgo suicidio de Cataluña

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI17/00521)

- Period: from 2018 to 2020

- Principal investigator: Alonso Caballero, Jordi

• TrueNTH Global Registry – Prostate Cancer Outcomes

- Financing institution: Movember Europe. PCO-CRV

- Period: from 2017 to 2020

- Principal investigator: Ferrer Forés, Montserrat

• Aplicación de los instrumentos PRO en España: revisión sistemática y recomendaciones basadas en la evidencia

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI16/00130)

- Period: from 2017 to 2019

- Principal investigator: Garin Boronat, Olatz

• Evaluación del tratamiento con broncodilatadores de acción larga en los niños con asma: estudio observacional prospectivo

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII (PI15/00449)

- Period: from 2016 to 2020

- Principal investigator: Ferrer Forés, Montserrat

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Participation in Research Networks

• CIBERESP: Epidemiología y salud pública

- Financing institution: Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria. ISCIII. (CB06/02/0046)

- Period: from 2006

- Principal investigator: Alonso Caballero, Jordi; co-PI: Ferrer Forés, Montserrat

• MOVEMBER: TrueNTH Global Registry – Prostate Cancer Outcomes

- Financing institution: Movember Foundation

- Period: from 2016

- Principal investigator: Ferrer Forés, Montserrat

• PROMIS: Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System

- Financing institution: PROMIS Health Organization (PHO)

- Period: from 2015

- Principal investigator: Alonso Caballero, Jordi

• World Mental Health (WMH) Survey Consortium

- Financing institution: World Health Organization (WHO)

- Period: from 2007

- Principal investigator: Alonso Caballero, Jordi; Vilagut Saiz, Gemma



• Blasco-Cubedo MJ. Pensamientos y conductas suicidas en universitarios españoles: Frecuencia, factores de riesgo y de protección. Universitat Pompeu Fabra

- Director: Alonso Caballero, Jordi

- Date of defense: 22/02/2019

• Zaror C. Calidad de vida relacionada con la salud oral en niños y adolescentes. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

- Director: Ferrer Forés, Montserrat; Martínez-Zapata, MJ

- Date of defense: 26/07/2019




• Jordi Alonso. Presidential Award 2019. International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL). 23/10/2019

• Jordi Alonso. Highly Cited Researcher in the World in the field of Psychiatry/Psycology (2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016). Clarivate Analytics, Thomson Reuters. November 2019



• Jordi Alonso. Deputy Scientific Director-Steering Committee of CIBERESP. Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP). 28/11/2019



Conferences, Seminars and Courses

• Jordi Alonso Caballero, Montserrat Ferrer Forés (organizers); Yolanda Pardo, Itxaso Alayo, Olatz Garin, Karina Mayoral, Àngels Pont, Gemma Vilagut, Víctor Zamora (participating researchers). IV BiblioPRO Scientific Conference: The role of PROs in the evaluation of health service providers. Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII). Madrid, 21 February 2019.

• Montse Ferrer.  PROs, PREs y valor (communication); Métrica de los PROs (workshop). VIII Congreso de Gestión Clínica: ¿Motor de la Innovación Organizativa? Fundación Gaspar Casal. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 20-21 May 2019

• Jordi Alonso. Workshop: Advances in Patient-Reported Outcomes, Postgraduate Diploma in Health Technology Assessment to Oncologists. Sociedad Española de Oncología Médica (SEOM) and Fundación Gaspar Casal, with the collaboration of Barcelona School of Management (BSM)-UPF and Centre de Recerca en Economia i Salut (CRES). Madrid. 13 September 2019

• Jordi Alonso. Responsible research and impact to society (opening speech). VII Conference REDISSEC: Towards research with an impact on society. Agència de Qualitat i Avaluació Sanitàries de Catalunya (AquAS). Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, 7 November 2019.

• Jordi Alonso (guest speaker). Instrumentos de resultados en salud. II Encuentro de Expertos en Gestión Sanitaria y Economía de la Salud. Barcelona, 29 November 2019.

Dissemination to Society and Initiatives of Citizen Participation

• Jordi Alonso. Participating researcher. Elaboration of a protocol for the evaluation of the effectiveness of approching programmes to witnesses of domestic violence in the field of health in Catalonia (Code: 3020190324). Health Evaluation and Quality Agency of Catalonia (AQuAS). Barcelona, 2019.










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