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.

 Background

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

Publications

  • Brocklehurst P, Hoare Z, Woods C, Williams L, Brand A, Shen J, et al. Dental therapists compared with general dental practitioners for undertaking check-ups in low-risk patients: pilot RCT with realist evaluation. Health Serv Deliv Res 2021;9(3)
  • Flynn, D., Moloney, E., Bhattarai, N., Scott, J., Breckons, M., Avery, L., & Moy, N. (2020). COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Health policy and technology, 9(4), 673–691. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hlpt.2020.08.003
  • Shaw L, Bhattarai N, Cant R, Drummond A, Ford GA et al. An extended stroke rehabilitation service for people who have had a stroke: the EXTRAS RCT. Health Technology Assessment 2020, 24(24), 1-202.
  • Bhattarai N, Mason, H, Kernohan, A, et al. The value of dementia care towards the end of life- A contingent valuation study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2020; 1– 9. https://doi.org/10.1002/gps.5259 .
  • Rodgers H, Howel D, Bhattarai N, Cant R, Drummond A, Ford GA et al. Evaluation of an extended stroke rehabilitation service (EXTRAS): a randomized controlled trial and economic analysis. Stroke 2019; 50: 3561-3568. DOI: doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.119.024876.
  • 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, et al. Economic evaluations on centralisation of specialised healthcare services: a systematic review of methods. BMJ Open 2016;6(5)
  • Gulliford M, Charlton J, Bhattarai N, et al. Reply to comment on “Impact and cost-effectiveness of a universal strategy to promote physical activity in primary care”. The European Journal of Health Economics 2015;16(4):453-53.
  • Gulliford MC, Bhattarai N, Charlton J, Rudisill C. Cost-effectiveness of a universal strategy of brief dietary intervention for primary prevention in primary care: population-based cohort study and Markov model. Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation 2014, 12(4).
  • Gulliford MC, Charlton J, Bhattarai N, Charlton C, Rudisill C. Impact and cost-effectiveness of a universal strategy to promote physical activity in primary care: population-based Cohort study and Markov model. The European Journal of Health Economics 2014, 15(4), 341-351.
  • Gulliford M, Charlton J, Bhattarai N, Rudisill C. Social and material deprivation and the cost-effectiveness of an intervention to promote physical activity: cohort study and Markov model. Journal of Public Health 2014, 36(4), 674-683.
  • Bhattarai N, Prevost AT, Wright AJ, Charlton J, Rudisill C, Gulliford MC. Effectiveness of interventions to promote healthy diet in primary care: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMC Public Health 2013, 13:1203.
  • Charlton J, Rudisill C, Bhattarai N, Gulliford M. Impact of deprivation on occurrence, outcomes and health care costs of people with multiple morbidity. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy 2013, 18(4), 215-23.
  • 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.
  • Bhattarai N, Charlton J, Rudisill C, Gulliford MC. Coding, recording and incidence of different forms of coronary heart disease in primary care. PLoS ONE 2012, 7(1):e29776.

Get in touch

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