Gouke Bonsel, MD, PhD, MPH is director of the Academic Collaboration Network of Maternity Care Services, Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, Division of Woman and Baby, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands, and senior researcher of the EuroQol Research Foundation, Rotterdam the Netherlands/Dpt Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. He supports the health economics part of UCAN CAN-DU, in particular creating a bridge to the EuroQol Foundation of which the EQ-5D-5L- Youth instrument is used. In the group of Nico Wulffraat he supports the individualized use of EuroQol-5D-5L- Youth in e-Health. Being a physician by training, his personal interest is fitting advanced methods from various disciplines to research problems.
Within the EuroQol Foundation he is Chair (with Bas Janssen) of the Large Scale Applications Working Group of the Foundation. The LSA WG develops worldwide research programs where the generic EQ-5D questionnaire serves as key instrument in 3 areas: 1. Quality Registries (‘PROMs’), to measure and compare outcomes of interventions and/or performance of units/professionals, 2. Decision Aids (‘e-Health’) for individualized or personalized use of health outcome for treatment selection and monitoring, and 3. Population Metrics (Burden of Diseases, Health Inequalities). With Bas Janssen he extended standard psychometric with new methods to compare the performance of questionnaires (see Janssen, Pharmacoeconomics 2018 Feb 22 Epub ahead of print]. Earlier research was into cross national validation (HUI, CHQ) and development (EQ5D) of youth questionnaires.
Early in his career Prof Bonsel worked as public health researcher in the area of population models and as health service researcher in the area of health technology assessment, starting in the late 1980s. He headed or co-headed studies in heart and liver transplantation, intensive care units, fertility treatments, many types of screening). Later his focus changed towards perinatal health and care, to improve perinatal health in the Netherlands, and in particular the large disparities (socio-economic, ethnic background). Currently he works on the transformation of the maternity care services (with their IT-services) of the Netherlands towards outcome oriented, efficient services.
Professor Bonsel has served on a number of national scientific boards: the Health Council, various ZONMW (The Netherland’s Organization for Health Research and Development) Program Committees, and the Burns Foundation. He is volunteer-director of the Mind2Care Foundation, which hosts and develops an evidence-based, free-of-charge antenatal care tool to support professional care for vulnerable pregnant women.
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