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Natalia Hounsome, PhD, MSc

Natalia

Lecturer in Health Economics

Email: n.hounsome@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 7882 2548

Profile

Natalia joined the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health in March 2013 as a Health Economist at the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit. She was responsible for the health economics evaluation of a portfolio of clinical trials, including: SNS vs PTNS, COPERS, GEM, ComQuol, DAPPA, STOP, FINS and ViDiKids. She was also involved in providing health economic advice for the Research Design Service London.

Natalia's career has included working as a nurse, secondary school teacher and university researcher. Natalia completed a PhD at Moscow State University in 1996, received a Royal Society Fellowship to work in the UK (1997-1998) and subsequently undertook research at Wüzburg University, Germany (1999-2005). In more recent years she was based at the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation within Bangor University in North Wales.

While working in Bangor she completed an MSc in Health and Social Care Research at Sheffield University (2011). Her position in Bangor allowed her to gain experience as a health economist in a range of different studies. She was also involved in pharmacoeconomic appraisals of new medicines for the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group.

Current external roles:

Peer-reviewer for international journals

Reviewer for national funding bodies

Teaching

Tutor for the second year QMUL MBBS programme SSC2A course

Tutor for the first year QMUL MBBS programme Practice-Based Learning course

Supervisor of intercalated BSc dissertation in Global Public Health

Co-supervisor to students conducting dissertations on placement from health economics masters courses delivered by other UK universities

Research

Research Interests:

Natalia is a health economist at the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research (AUK-CAR), a UK-wide 13-university multidisciplinary collaboration jointly led by the University of Edinburgh and Queen Mary University of London. Natalia conducts methodological research in the following areas:

  • Core outcome measures in health economics evaluations of asthma interventions. This project includes a systematic literature review which should lead to the development of a list of health economics instruments specific to asthma research. These outcome measures will be recommended in studies assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions for people with asthma.
  • Health economics support platform for asthma researchers. This project includes creating a web resource to support asthma researchers in designing and conducting health economics evaluations in clinical trials. 

Natalia is currently involved in health economic evaluations of two clinical trials conducted by the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit:

FINS, Improving continence in people with inflammatory bowel disease: active case finding and a randomised controlled trial;

ViDiKids, Trial of Vitamin D supplementation in Cape Town primary schoolchildren.

Over the past five years Natalia have been working on following projects:

  • Optimising pharmacist-based treatment for smoking cessation: Pilot of the service training intervention (STOP);
  • A pilot trial to assess the effect of a structured communication approach on quality of life in secure mental health settings (ComQuol);
  • Pilot study of a randomised trial of a guided e-learning health promotion intervention for managers based on management standards for the improvement of employee wellbeing and reduction of sickness absence (GEM);
  • Randomised controlled trial Coping with Persistent Pain, Effectiveness Research into Self-Management (COPERS);
  • Randomised plot and feasibility study of sacral and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation for faecal incontinence (SNS vs PTNS);
  • Randomised controlled trial Cost-Effectiveness of a National Exercise Referral Programme for Primary Care Patients (NERS);
  • A review of palliative care services for children in North Wales. Child and Family-Focused Palliative Care: Can Advanced Planning Deliver Better Commissioning and Services?;
  • Systematic review EQ-5D as a Quality of life Measure in People with Dementia and their Carers: Evidence and Key Issues;
  • Pharmacoeconomic appraisals of new medicines for the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG).

Publications

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, 16:335.

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 Medicine. 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.

Norton C, Dibley LB, Hart A, Duncan J, Emmanuel A, Knowles CH, Stevens N, Terry H, Verjee A, Kerry S, Hounsome N. Faecal incontinence intervention study (FINS): self-management booklet information with or without nurse support to improve continence in people with inflammatory bowel disease: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015. 16(1):444.

Stansfeld SA, Berney L, Bhui K, Chandola T, Costelloe C, Hounsome N, Kerry S, Lanz D, Russell J. Pilot study of a 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: the GEM (Guided E-learning for Managers) study. Public Health Research. 2015. 3(9).

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. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015. 21(6):1081-8.

Thin NN, Taylor SJC, Bremner SA, Emmanuel AV, Hounsome N, Williams NS, Knowles CH. Randomised pilot trial of sacral and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation in patients with faecal incontinence. British Journal of Surgery. 2015.  102(4):349-358.

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. Journal of Epidemiology & 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 Mental Health Journal. 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 in Health. 2011. 14(2):390-399. 

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