Marta Aymerich

Marta Aymerich
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya | UOC

MD, MPH, PhD

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Introduction
I hold a PhD in Medicine (2002; MD degree in 1993) from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from Harvard University (1999). I'm member of the research group eHealth Lab at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). From 2009 to 2014 I was assistant professor at the School of Medicine and researcher of the Translational Medicine and Decision Science Lab (TransLab) at the Universitat de Girona. Scopus: http://dom.cat/wct Google Scholar: http://dom.cat/wcq
Additional affiliations
April 2013 - present
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Position
  • Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research
November 2011 - April 2013
Generalitat de Catalunya
Position
  • Head of Department
May 2008 - present
Universitat de Girona
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  • Researcher

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Publications (66)
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Background Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) represent a diverse group of 20 communicable diseases that occur in tropical and subtropical areas in 149 countries, affecting over 1 billion people and costing developing economies billions of dollars every year. Within these diseases, those that present lesions on the skin surface are classified as sk...
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Introduction eHealth is a new approach for managing several health conditions, but up to now not so many interventions have shown their efficacy/effectiveness. The AUTAPP Project tries to add knowledge in eHealth interventions targeted to Mental Health disorders, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) management that requires complex intervent...
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Introduction E-health offers the opportunity of supporting the management of several diseases, but most of these tools are far from being based on scientific evidence and demonstrating their effectiveness and efficacy. The PSICODEM Project aims to develop a mobile personalized clinical decision support system (CDSS) based on evidence for contributi...
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Introduction: Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) requires complex and integrated interventions, usually tailored for each individual due to the wide variety of symptoms that people diagnosed with ASD present. Some of these interventions could be a combination of psychosocial interventions addressed to the management of emotions, the impro...
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Although questionnaires are widely used in research impact assessment, their metric properties are not well known. Our aim is to test the internal consistency and content validity of an instrument designed to measure the perceived impacts of a wide range of research projects. To do so, we designed a questionnaire to be completed by principal invest...
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Background: Cognitive therapy is a well-established intervention for treating elderly suffering from dementia. In particular, reality orientation and skills training seem to be effective interventions for reversing cognitive impairment among elderly, although findings are inconclusive. Therefore, a systematic update of the existing evidence of cog...
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Objectives: Although routine workers' health examinations are extensively performed worldwide with important resource allocation, few studies have analyzed their quality. The objective of this study has been to analyze the medical practice of workers' health examinations in Catalonia (Spain) in terms of its occupational preventive aim. Material a...
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Background: To provide useful insights into the design of strategies to better put into practice health research outcomes in the case of cancer, heart disease and sexuallty transmitted infections, we designed a study to identify barriers and facilitators to implement clinical or public health guidelines recommendations.
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Development and validation of a CDSS that supports clinicians to prescribe lipid-lowering treatments in patients with high cardiovascular risk
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Objective: To analyze whether examinations for health surveillance in Catalonia are carried out with a high enough degree of quality as to comply with the preventive aim of the regulations, and to identify potential differences by type of prevention service. Method: Qualitative and quantitative techniques. Body of data: Spanish regulations relat...
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Objective. To analyze whether examinations for health surveillance in Catalonia are carried out with a high enough degree of quality as to comply with the preventive aim of the regulations, and to identify potential differences by type of prevention service. Method. Qualitative and quantitative techniques. Body of data: Spanish regulations related...
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Objective: To identify the relevant barriers and enablers perceived by primary care professionals in implementing the recommendations of clinical practice guidelines (CPG). Methods: Two focus groups were conducted with primary care physicians and nurses in Catalonia (Spain) between October and December 2012. Thirty-nine health professionals were...
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The aim of this study is to analyze the validity of the content included in a standardized questionnaire used to evaluate components related to professional values and attitudes during Problem-Based Learning (PBL) sessions. PBL is a well-established learning method used in the medical sciences of the School of Medicine of the University of Girona (...
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Objective: Despite no evidence in favour, routine workers' health examinations, mostly pre-employment and periodic, are extensively performed worldwide with important allocation of resources. In Spain they are performed within a theoretical job-specific health surveillance system. Our objective was to ascertain their occupational preventive useful...
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The objective of this paper was to analyze the concept and evolution of translational research in order to explore if it can be used in fields other than health sciences such as higher education. A mini review was conducted using Medline as a main source for identifying papers. We selected papers that appeared to be relevant according to our object...
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The field of addiction has long been of prime medical concern due to its serious repercussions for health. The rates of mortality and morbidity deriving from maladaptive habits (especially tobacco and alcohol consumption) are of the utmost relevance to public health in developed countries, above all because they are preventable. It is therefore imp...
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Problem statement: Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is the main strategy used on curriculum of University of Girona's Medical Degree Program. It focuses not only on evaluating medical knowledge and skills, but also on appraisal of students' learning and teamwork abilities, communication skills and sense of responsibility, that is, professional values a...
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Problem-based learning (PBL) is the main strategy used on the curriculum of the University of Girona's medical degree program, comprising more than 60% of each educational module. It focuses not only on evaluating medical knowledge and skills, but also on appraisal of students' learning and teamwork abilities, communication skills and sense of resp...
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Background: The evolution of dementia depends on the underlying pathology, early diagnosis and the availability of effective treatment for some of the symptoms that interfere with the patients' or caregivers' quality of life. Even though there is no specific treatment to reverse dementia, some interventions such as reality orientation and skills tr...
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This article presents the ex-post assessment of a program of clinical and health services research and the evaluation of the social impact. The Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment, and Quality (CAHIAQ) promotes a biannual open, public, competitive extramural research call to conduct non-commercial clinical and health services research...
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Most ex-post evaluations of research funding programs are based on bibliometric methods and, although this approach has been widely used, it only examines one facet of the project's impact, that is, scientific productivity. More comprehensive models of payback assessment of research activities are designed for large-scale projects with extensive fu...
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This article presents the ex-post assessment of a program of clinical and health services research and the evaluation of the social impact. The Catalan Agency for Health Information, Assessment, and Quality (CAHIAQ) promotes a biannual open, public, competitive extramural research call to conduct non-commercial clinical and health services research...
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Joan Manuel del Pozo acaba de publicar la primera traducció catalana directa d’Utopia. Apareguda per primer cop en llatí el 1516, és l’obra més destacable de l’humanista anglès Tomas More, decapitat per protestar contra la pretensió d’Enric VIII d’envair un espai de poder que fins aleshores li havia estat aliè: l’espiritual. Utopia és una illa, i M...
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The objectives of this study is to review the set of criteria of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for priority-setting in research with addition of new criteria if necessary, and to develop and evaluate the reliability and validity of the final priority score. Based on the evaluation of 199 research topics, forty-five experts identified additional c...
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To measure the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and their caregivers, and to assess which factors can best describe HRQoL. A cross-sectional multicenter study of nine hospitals enrolled MS patients and their caregivers who attended outpatient clinics consecutively. The instruments used were the SF-36 for pa...
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La implementació de l’Espai Europeu d’Educació Superior a les facultats comporta canvis importants, especialment dirigits cap a uns estudis més centrats en l’estudiant. Un puntal en aquest nou mètode docent és l'Aprenentatge Basat en Problemes (ABP) o Problem Based Learning (PBL), una metodologia didàctica en la qual l'alumne aprèn els conceptes de...
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This study assesses the reliability and validity of the KIDSCREEN-52, a new questionnaire of health-related quality of life (HRQoL), cross-culturally developed for children and adolescents in 13 European countries. The KIDSCREEN-52 was sent by post to a representative sample of the Spanish population aged 8-18 years old. Sociodemographic characteri...
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Background and objective This study assesses the reliability and validity of the KIDSCREEN-52, a new questionnaire of health-related quality of life (HRQoL), cross-culturally developed for children and adolescents in 13 European countries. Subjects and method The KIDSCREEN-52 was sent by post to a representative sample of the Spanish population ag...
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The Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life 54 (MSQOL-54) is a health-related quality of life specific questionnaire for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The objective of this study was to develop the Spanish version of the MSQOL-54 and to obtain a conceptually equivalent version to the original one for its use in patients with MS in the first phase of...
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Objective To assess the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Vecú et Santé Perçue de l’Adolescent (VSP-A) in terms of reliability and validity. Design Cross-sectional study. Setting Pilot study parallel to the European Kidscreen project.Two secondary schools, one public and one private, were selected for their suitability in Barc...
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To assess the psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Vecú et Santé Perçue de l'Adolescent (VSP-A) in terms of reliability and validity. Cross-sectional study. Pilot study parallel to the European Kidscreen project. Two secondary schools, one public and one private, were selected for their suitability in Barcelona and Gerona (Cataloni...
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AimsTo describe the cross-cultural development and psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the KIDSCREEN questionnaire, a health related quality of life instrument (HRQL) for use in children and adolescents aged 8-18 years old. The questionnaire was cross-culturally developed in 13 European countries.
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Aims: To describe the cross-cultural development and psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the KIDSCREEN questionnaire, a health related quality of life instrument (HRQL) for use in children and adolescents aged 8-18 years old. The questionnaire was cross-culturally developed in 13 European countries. Methods: A literature review and De...
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To describe the cross-cultural development and psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the KIDSCREEN questionnaire, a health related quality of life instrument (HRQL) for use in children and adolescents aged 8-18 years old. The questionnaire was cross-culturally developed in 13 European countries. A literature review and Delphi study were...
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El 25 de enero del ario en curso el Consell Executíu de la Generalitat aprobó el Pla de Recerca í Innovació (Plan de investigación e Innovación) 2005-2008. El Pla de Recerca Innovació es uno de los principales instrumentos de la Generalítat de Catalunya para impulsar las actividades de i+D+í solos sectores público y privado y para poder alcanzar el...
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Objectives To obtain a Spanish version of the Kindl semantically and culturally equivalent to the original German version and to test its psychometric properties Material and methods The methodology used in the adaptation process was based on the forward-backward translation method. To assess the psychometric properties of the Spanish Kindl, the p...
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Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) are targeted at health professionals and patients providing information for decision-making. They are aimed at reducing variations in medical practice in order to guarantee an optimum level of quality and improve health care.CPG are based on systematic reviews of biomedical literature and they recommend different...
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Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) are targeted at health professionals and patients providing information for decision-making. They are aimed at reducing variations in medical practice in order to guarantee an optimum level of quality and improve health care. CPG are based on systematic reviews of biomedical literature and they recommend different...
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To obtain a Spanish version of the Kindl semantically and culturally equivalent to the original German version and to test its psychometric properties. The methodology used in the adaptation process was based on the forward-backward translation method. To assess the psychometric properties of the Spanish Kindl, the pilot test of the project "Screen...
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Aim: To determine the level of consensus among experts regarding content, structure and sources of content for a new European measure of health-related quality of life in children and adolescents. Methods: A three-round Delphi questionnaire was sent by e-mail to 24 experts in quality of life measurement in 9 European countries. Consensus was consid...
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Empirical eradication therapy of H. pylori has been proposed as a therapeutic alternative for duodenal ulcer. To identify the cost-effectiveness of empirical eradication therapy vs. test-and-treatment for the management of patients already diagnosed with a duodenal ulcer. A decision analysis was performed to compare the cost-effectiveness of empiri...
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The role of thrombolytic agents in the treatment of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE) remains a controversial issue. The objective of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of thrombolytic therapy in the treatment of PTE by means of a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCT). A bibliographic search of the main biomedical bibliogra...
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The re-emergence of bacterial diseases and their negative consequences in terms of health and economic cost, have made this issue an important public health problem. The objective of this work is to review the economic literature about antibiotic resistance, and to suggest possible solutions in our health care context aimed to reduce their negative...
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This paper presents the results of different screening policies for prenatal detection of Down syndrome that would allow decision makers to make informed choices. A decision analysis model was built to compare 8 screening policies with regard to a selected set of outcome measures. Probabilities used in the analysis were obtained from official admin...
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Resumen En el nuevo paradigma del concepto del aprendizaje y su puesta en escena se abandonan los viejos escenarios en los que el estudiante era un elemento pasivo, limitándose a "recibir" contenidos relacionados con la materia actuando de contenedor. El profesor era el organizador, constructor y transmisor de éstos, los cuales generalmente respond...

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