Dr Nawaraj Bhattarai

Research Fellow in Health Economics

Nawaraj Bhattarai is a Research Fellow in Health Economics (50% FTE) in the Enabling Methodologies theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

He is also a health economist (50% FTE) in the Health Economics Group within the Newcastle University Population Health Sciences Institute.


Nawaraj’s expertise in health economics builds upon more than a decade of research experience in UK academia and the NHS. In his current role, he has led a number of economic evaluations and preference elicitation research. He also contributes to peer reviews of health economics manuscripts in a number of journals and NIHR HTA research proposals. He teaches on the health economics module of MSc Public Health and Health Services Research curriculum and provides thesis supervision support to students at all levels.

Nawaraj took up the position of Research Associate in Health Economics after completing an improvement science doctoral fellowship funded by The Health Foundation, London. Prior to joining Newcastle University, he has held research positions in Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) team in Glasgow University, King’s College London and the NHS.

Areas of interest

Nawaraj is interested in, and can help you with:

  • Within trial health economic evaluation (including feasibility trials), Decision analytic modelling (such as Decision Tree model, Markov Model, Discrete Event Simulation), Quasi-experimental designs
  • Economic evaluation at a system level
  • Preference elicitation methods (such as Discrete Choice Experiments, Contingent Valuation Method, Standard Gamble)
  • Systematic reviews of health economics methods


  • Bhattarai N, Price CI, McMeekin P, Javanbakht M, Vale L, Ford GA, Shaw L. Cost-effectiveness of an enhanced Paramedic Acute Stroke Treatment Assessment (PASTA) during emergency stroke care: economic results from a pragmatic cluster randomised trial. International Journal of Stroke 2021, ePub ahead of print.
  • Bhattarai N, Mason H, Kernohan A, Poole M, Bamford C, Robinson L, Vale L. The value of dementia care towards the end of life: A contingent valuation study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2020, 35(5), 489-497.
  • Bhattarai N, McMeekin P, Price CI, Vale L. Preferences for centralised emergency medical services: Discrete choice experiment. BMJ Open 2019, 9(11), e030966.
  • Bhattarai N, McMeekin P, Price C, Vale L. Economic evaluations on centralisation of specialised healthcare services: a systematic review of methods. BMJ Open 2016, 6(5), e011214.
  • Bhattarai N, Charlton J, Rudisill C, Gulliford MC. Prevalence of depression and utilization of health care in single and multiple morbidity: a population-based cohort study. Psychological Medicine. Psychological Medicine 2013, 43(7), 1423-31.

Get in touch

Twitter: @NRajBhattarai
Email: nawaraj.bhattarai@newcastle.ac.uk