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Luis Rajmil

Luis Rajmil

Health Services Research Unit, Institut Municipal d'Investigacao Medical (IMIM), Barcelona


Luis Rajmil is currently retired, and collaborating at the Municipal Institute of Medical Research (IMIM) in Barcelona. It was senior researcher at the Agency for Health Information, Assessment and Quality (former Catalan Agency for HTA) and (both in Barcelona, Spain). He received his MD degree in Argentina (1976) and trained in Pediatrics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1981), obtained his MPH degree at the University of Barcelona (1991) and also completed a PHD (1998). His research work has been devoted to child health measurement, health-related quality of life, mental health and health services research in children, with special interest on the inequalities in the use of health services in children. He was Principal investigator of different European and Spanish projects related to measures of health and quality of life in children and adolescents, such as the development of the European KIDSCREEN measure and the Spanish version of the Child Health and Illness. He is an advisor to the Spanish, Catalan, and Barcelona Health Interview Surveys board. He was Associate Editor of the Quality of Life Research Journal for the period 2006-2009.


Type of member: Regular


Telephone: +34 93 3160743

Email Address: lrajmil@imim.es

Website Address: http://www.imim.es

Mailing Address: Dr Aiguader 88 Barcelona 08003


Collaborative Projects

Adaptation and uses of health status measures, and evaluation of Primary Care in pediatric population with Barbara Starfield (died June 2011).

Current research interests
Development and application of child health status measures. As part of the European Kidscreen group he was responsible for the analysis of inequalities in child health. He is interested in the analysis of equity in the use of primary pediatric health care as well as specialty care in Spain and worldwide.

Research priorities
Pathways and mechanisms: Cumulative and additive social risk exposures (e.g. transient v. persistent poverty). | Methodological issues: Methods for examining change over time including longitudinal effects studies. Need to study social gradients as well as poverty. Regional studies (within countries). Which indicators? for example, perception of health vs. objective measures of health (these may be more reliable in studying mechanisms).


Selected publications

Spencer, N., Rajmil, L., Taylor-Robinson, D., & Panagiotopoulos, T. (2015). ISSOP Position Statement on the impact of austerity on child health and well being . ISSOP. http://www.centrelearoback.org/inrich/assets/documents/ISSOP-StatementImpactAusterityChildHealth.pdf

Berra, S., Tebé, C., Erhart, M., Ravens-Sieberer, U., Auquier, P., Detmar, S., . . . Rajmil, L. (2009). Correlates of Use of Health Care Services by Children and Adolescents From 11 European Countries. Medical Care, 47(2), 161-167. doi:10.1097/mlr.0b013e3181844e09