Morten Aagaard Petersen

M.Sc. in statistics

Palliative Care Research Unit
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine GP
Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, University of Copenhagen
Bispebjerg bakke 23B
DK-2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark
Phone: +45 3863 5016


Graduated as statistician from University of Copenhagen in 1999.
Since 1999 employed full-time at the Research Unit, Department of Palliative Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital involved in a number of research projects both as principle investigator and as statistical supervisor. The primary part of the work has been on behalf of and funded by the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life Group (QLG).
Has been a member of the EORTC QLG since 1999.

Primary fields of research

Development and analysis of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs)
Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT)
Item Response Theory (IRT)
Differential Item Functioning (DIF)
Handling of missing data in PRO

Current research

Development, validation and further advancement of the EORTC CAT Core, an electronic PRO instrument for interactive measurement of the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of cancer patients (funded by EORTC QLG). Information about the EORTC CAT Core:

Selected past research

Investigation of the quality of life among breast cancer patients, part of a large longitudinal PRO study (funded by the Danish Cancer Society)

Development of the EORTC QLQ-C15-PAL, a brief questionnaire for measuring the HRQoL of palliative care cancer patients (funded by EORTC QLG)

Investigation of the advantages/disadvantages of using multidimensional CAT for PRO measurement among cancer patients (funded by EORTC QLG)

Investigation of the agreement between patients’ and physicians’ assessments of the patients’ HRQoL and how to handle missing patient responses in palliative care (symptoms and problems)

Analysis of the data from the Danish Palliative Care Trial (DanPaCT): A randomised clinical multi-centre trial investigating the effect of specialised palliative care (funded by the TRYG Foundation and the Danish Cancer Society)