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Montse Rué

Associate professor of Statistics and Operation Research
Basic Medical Sciences Department, Medical School, Universitat de Lleida (Catalonia)


Research Areas

Probabilistic models
Statistics applied to health services research
Economic evaluation
Statistics applied to clinical research


Ph.D. in Economics, Barcelona University, October 1992
BSc. (Llicenciatura) in Economics, Barcelona University, June 1986
BSc (Llicenciatura) in Mathematics, Barcelona University, June 1979

Current Projects:

  • Principal Investigator of the project PS09/01340. Financed by Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spanish Ministry of Health.  Team investigator: M. Rué, E. Vilaprinyó, R. Pla, M. Martínez-Alonso, M. J. Pérez, M. Carles. Grant: 122.815 euros. Period: January 2009 - December 2011.
  • Principal Investigator of the research group 2009 SGR 632: Grup de Recerca en Anàlisi Econòmica i Salut (GRAES). Granted by Departament d’Innovació, Universitats i Empresa, Genertalitat de Catalunya. Team: M. Rué, M. Carles, M.J. Pérez, R. Pla, J. Sardà, E. Vilaprinyó, A. Gregori, M. Martínez-Alonso, J. Expósito, M. Oliva, A. Roso. Period: January 2009 - December 2013.

Selection of Publications:

  • Carles M, Vilaprinyo E, Cots F, Gregori A, Pla R, Roman R, Sala M, Macia F, Castells X, Rué M. (2011). Cost-effectiveness of early detection of breast cancer in Catalonia (Spain). BMC Cancer. May 23;11(1):192. [
  • Martinez-Alonso M, Vilaprinyo E, Marcos-Gragera R, Rué M. (2010). Breast cancer incidence and overdiagnosis in Catalonia (Spain). Breast Cancer Research. Vol 12, R58: 58-62.
  • Vilaprinyo E, Rué M, Marcos-Gragera R, Martinez-Alonso M. (2009). Estimation of age- and stage-specific Catalan breast cancer survival functions using US and Catalan survival data. BMC Cancer. Vol. 9: 98-102. 
  • Rué M, Carles M, Vilaprinyo E, Martinez-Alonso M, Espinas JA, Pla R, Brugulat P. (2008). Dissemination of periodic mammography and patterns of use, by birth cohort, in Catalonia (Spain). BMC Cancer. Vol. 8l: 336.
  • Rue M, Serna MC, Soler-Gonzalez J, Bosch A, Ruiz-Magaz MC, Galvan L. (2008). Differences in pharmaceutical consumption and expenses between immigrant and Spanish-born populations in Lleida, (Spain): A 6-months prospective observational study. BMC Health Services Research. Vol. 8: 35.
  • Digianni LM, Rué M, Emmons K, Garber JE. (2006). Complementary medicine use before and 1 year following genetic testing for BRCA1/2 mutations. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention. Vol. 15: 70-75.
  • Dalton VK, Rué M, Silverman LB, Gelber RD, Asselin BL, Barr RD, Clavell LA, Hurwitz CA, Moghrabi A, Samson Y, Schorin M, Tarbell NJ, Sallan SE, Cohen LE. (2003). Height and weight in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia: relationship to CNS treatment. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Vol. 21: 2953-2960.

    Research Areas:

    Probabilistic models:
    Stochastic models for the assessment of health interventions in chronic diseases
    Modeling the impact of different screening strategies for early detection of breast cancer
    Age-period-cohort models
    Mixed-effects models
    Joint modeling of survival and longitudinal covariates
    Probabilistic models for the measurement of severity of illness in hospitalized patients

    Statistics applied to health services research:
    Poisson and logistic regression models
    Immigrants health services utilization

    Economic evaluation:
    Cost-effectiveness analysis
    Optimization methods for health interventions

    Statistics applied to clinical research:
    Statistical design of clinical trials for cancer research
    Analysis of observational studies of clinical outcomes


    Universitat de Lleida, Facultat de Medicina
    Montserrat Roig, 2
    25008 Lleida, SPAIN
    Phone: +34 973.70.24.41
    Fax: +34 973.70.24.26