Joan-Enric Torra i Bou

Joan-Enric TorraDr Joan-Enric Torra has a nursing degree (BSC Nurs-RN) from the University of Barcelona, a Master in management and research in chronic wounds from the University of Cantabria (MSc Nurs) and Doctorate from the University of Alicante (PhD).

He is currently a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Nursing and Physiotherapy at the Universitat de Lleida, where he is also a member of GRECS (Group of Health Care Research). He is a member of both the Universitat Central de Catalunya TR2Lab research group (Tissue Repair and Regeneration Laboratory) and the GNEAUPP (Spanish Pressure Ulcers and Chronic Wounds Advisory Panel). In addition, Dr Torra is managing director and founder of SAPIENS Feridesas/Heridas/Wound Consultants, the first comprehensive wound care consultancy in Spain and Latino America.

During his career as a nurse and advanced wound care practitioner he has worked in primary care, in health planning in the Catalan Department of Health and was the founder of the first unit for chronic wounds in Spain at the Consorci Sanitari de Terrasa. He has worked for over 15 years in the healthcare industry in clinical, training and research positions in addition to lecturing at a large number of institutions in Spain, Europe and Latin America.

His interests in wound care research and education are wide-ranging and include:

  • chronic wounds
  • epidemiology and costs
  • pressure ulcers prevention and treatment
  • leg ulcers
  • complex wounds
  • paediatric wounds
  • negative pressure therapy
  • clinical practice guidelines assessment
  • epidermolysis bullosa
  • advanced skin care
  • incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD)
  • patient safety issues related to wound care
  • health economics and efficacy and efficiency in wound care
  • surgical site infection epidemiology and prevention
  • quality of life and patient compliance

He was honoured in 1996 with National Award of Nursing Research from the Spanish Nurses Council and in 2004 with a Gold Distinction from the GNEAUPP

Dr Torra has published over 120 papers on wound care and other healthcare related or scientific topics. He is the author of several chapters in wound care books and co-edited two editions of the first Spanish wound care text book.