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dr Torquil Watt

dr Torquil Watt

In 1994, as a medical student, Torquil Watt became interested in developing and applying scientifically valid measurements of health-related quality of life. Ever since, this has been the focus of his scientific working life.

This has lead through validation of the Danish version of SF-36 and MFI-20 (a generic health status measure and a multidimensional fatigue PRO instrument) to the development and validation of the internationally widely applied state-of-the-art thyroid-related quality of life instruments ThyPRO and ThyPRO-39.

Currently, validated versions of the ThyPRO instruments are available in 19 languages, and on their way in additionally 10, and are in use in more than 75 studies world-wide.

Methodologically, Torquil is working with classical and modern psycho- and clinimetric methodology, often in a mixed methods setting.

Together with his PhD-student Per Cramon, he has developed a full-fledged electronic trial management system, including eCRF, for conduction of pragmatic clinical trials with high-quality PRO outcomes, the PROgmatic.

He is involved in several past and on-going multi-center RCT’s, including GRASS, CATALYST and the NEJM-published TRUST.

Currently, Torquil is continuing to advance the methodology of PRO measurement, by converting standard retrospective PROs to here-and-now versions measuring patient’s experiences in their real contexts (so-called ecological momentary assessments). This is done in collaboration with his PhD-student Victor Boesen.