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Dr Valerio Benedetto

Research Associate
School of Sport and Health Sciences

Valerio is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and his research focuses on health economics.

Valerio is part of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Group, and works on health-related projects, focusing on economic and statistical analysis. His educational background is mainly in economics and statistics, and he has specialised in health economics.

Valerio is an economist and he has worked in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire since 2015, with posts in the Research Support Team and now in the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Group. He is also a member of the Methodological Innovation, Development, Adaptation and Support (MIDAS) Group, as part of the Applied Research Collaboration North West Coast (ARC NWC). Valerio's expertise is in health economics and medical statistics and he has been involved in many projects in diverse disease areas - such as stroke, cancer and frailty - and settings - such as primary and secondary care, nursing education and prisons. His role entails the design and delivery of the economic and statistical components of health research projects and the development of bids for research funding. He has worked on projects funded by important research institutions, such as the National Institute for Health Research and the European Research Council, contributing to produce findings with implications for clinical practice. Examples are the economic and statistical work on: the costs and consequences attached to a new nursing education programme designed to fill a workforce gap; evaluating the effectiveness of using Exergames to prevent falls in older adults; modelling the adherence and persistence to new direct oral anticoagulants in treating atrial fibrillation. Valerio has a varied skillset in decision-analytic and statistical regression modelling and analysis. He has grown strong scientific publication and grant-capture records, and has contributed to disseminate the projects' findings in national and international conferences.