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Natalia Ivashikina

Natalia Ivashikina

Natalia Ivashikina (MSc, PhD)

Senior Lecturer in Global Health Economics
T: +44 (0)1273 877336
Location: Room 2.17 Medical School Teaching Building, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PX

Area of expertise: economic evaluation, statistical analysis, economic modelling, systematic literature review, methodology of clinical trials. 

Research areas: neglected tropical diseases, public health interventions, primary care interventions, psychosocial interventions, pharmaceuticals, prescribing, core economic outcomes.

Other faculty positions: Member of the BSMS Honorary Titles sub-committee.



Natalia joined the Department of Global Health and Infection as a Senior Lecturer in Health economics in December 2017. Following completion of her PhD at Moscow State University in 1996, she received a Royal Society Fellowship to work in the UK (1997-1998) and subsequently undertook research at Würzburg University, Germany (1999-2005). In 2011 she completed an MSc in Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield University. Natalia gained her experience as a health economist by working on a range of clinical trials at the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation, Bangor University (2008-2013), where she was also involved in pharmacoeconomic appraisals of new medicines for the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group. In 2013 she moved to the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London. As well as working on numerous trials within the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit she also provided methodological advice for Research Design Service London. In 2015 Natalia joined the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research as a Lecturer in Health Economics and undertook methodological research on developing core outcome sets for economic evaluation in asthma trials. While working at Queen Mary University of London she was involved in developing the Introduction to Health Economics Course within the Global Public Health undergraduate programme and delivering the problem-based learning courses for the MBBS students.


Natalia has an interest in neglected tropical diseases, economic evaluations in low- and middle-income countries, methodology of clinical trials and standardising economic outcomes. Her research covers all stages of planning and executing economic evaluations, such as undertaking systematic literature review, data collection, statistical data analyses and economic modelling.

Current research projects:

  1. NIHR Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research, NIHR Global Health Research Programme;
  2. Social Sciences for Severe Stigmatising Skin Diseases (the 5-S Foundation), NIHR Research and Innovation for Global Health Transformation Programme;
  3. Group clinics for young adults with diabetes in an ethnically diverse, socioeconomically deprived setting, NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (collaboration with Queen Mary University of London);
  4. Innovation in the Allied Health Professions: Evaluation of supplementary prescribing by dieticians and independent prescribing by therapeutic radiographers, NIHR Policy Research Programme (collaboration with University of Surrey).


Natalia is involved in teaching Introduction to Health Economics within the MSc Global Health and MSc Public Health courses. She also supervises a PhD project on control strategies for neglected tropical diseases. 

Natalia’s previous teaching experience included the development of the Health Economics module within the Global Public Health undergraduate course, teaching problem-based learning, and supervising postgraduate projects at Queen Mary University of London.

Selected publications

Hounsome N, Kassahun MM, Ngari M, Berkley JA, Kivaya E, Njuguna P, Fegan G, Tamiru A, Kelemework A, Amberbir T. Clarke A, Lang T, Newport MJ, McKay A, Enquoselassie F, Davey G. Cost-effectiveness and social outcomes of a community-based treatment for podoconiosis lymphoedema in the East Gojjam zone, Ethiopia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2019. Accepted 13 September 2019.

Hounsome N, Roukas C. Cost-effectiveness of sacral nerve stimulation and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation for faecal incontinence. Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2018. 11:1756284818802562.

Ashaye T, Hounsome N, Carnes D, Taylor SJC, Homer K, Eldridge S, Spencer A, Rahman A, Foell J, Underwood M. Opioid prescribing for chronic musculoskeletal pain in UK primary care: results from a cohort analysis of the COPERS trial. BMJ Open. 2018. 8:e019491.

Hounsome N, Fitzsimmons D, Phillips C, Patel. A. Developing core economic outcome sets for asthma studies: a protocol for a systematic review. BMJ Open 2017. 7:e017054.

MacInnes D, Kinane C, Parrott J, Mansfield J, Craig T, Eldridge S, Marsh I, Chan C, Hounsome N, Harrison G, Priebe S. A pilot cluster randomised trial to assess the effect of a structured communication approach on quality of life in secure mental health settings: The Comquol Study. BMC Psychiatry. 2016. 16(1):335.

Taylor SJC, Carnes D, Homer K, Pincus T, Kahan BC, Hounsome N, Eldridge S, Spencer A, Diaz–Ordaz K. Rahman A, Mars TS, Griffiths CJ, Underwood MR. Improving the self-management of chronic pain: COping with persistent Pain, Effectiveness Research in Self-management (COPERS). Programme Grants Appl Res. 2016. 4(14).

Taylor S, Carnes D, Homer K, Kahan B, Hounsome N, Spencer A, Pincus T, Rahman A, Eldridge S, Underwood M. Novel three-day community-based, non-pharmacological, group intervention for chronic musculoskeletal pain (COPERS): a randomized clinical trial. PLoS Med. 2016. 13(6):e1002040.

Stansfeld SA, Kerry S, Chandola T, Russell J, Berney L, Hounsome N, Lanz D, Costelloe C, Smuk M, Bhui K. Pilot study of a cluster randomised trial of a guided e-learning health promotion intervention for managers based on management standards for the improvement of employee well-being and reduction of sickness absence: GEM Study. BMJ Open. 2015. 5(10):e007981.

Sabry N, Dawoud D, Alansary A, Hounsome N, Baines D. Evaluation of a protocol-based intervention to promote timely switching from intravenous to oral paracetamol for postoperative pain management: an interrupted time series analysis. J Eval Clin Pract. 2015. 21(6):1081-8.

Edwards RT, Linck P, Hounsome N, Raisanen L, Williams N, Moore L, Murphy S. Cost-effectiveness of a national exercise referral programme for primary care patients in Wales: results of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2013. 13(1):1021.

Murphy SM, Edwards RT, Williams N, Raisanen L, Moore G, Linck P, Hounsome N, Din NU, Moore L. An evaluation of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales, UK: a randomised controlled trial of a public health policy initiative. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2012. 66(8):745-753.

Hounsome B, Edwards RT, Hounsome N, Edwards-Jones G. Psychological morbidity of farmers and non-farming population: Results from a UK survey. Community Ment Health J. 2012. 48(4):503-510.

Hounsome N, Orrell M, Edwards RT. EQ-5D as a quality of life measure in people with dementia and their carers: evidence and key issues. Value Health. 2011. 14(2):390-399.