From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Vittal Katikireddi

position: Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Contact Details

email:
phone: 0141 353 7517

Address

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Vittal Katikireddi is a NRS Senior Clinical Research Fellow and an honorary Consultant in Public Health at NHS Health Scotland. He started a prestigious five year externally funded fellowship in 2016 to develop and analyse confidentially linked administrative welfare and health data in the UK. His chief research interests are in improving the development and application of evidence to inform healthy public policy. He co-leads the research theme on the evaluation of natural experiments.

Vittal studied at the University of Edinburgh, completing an intercalated degree in Medical Sciences (Genetics) in 2001 and a degree in Medicine (MBChB) in 2004. Following graduation, he worked in hospital medicine for four years in various parts of the UK during which time he gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). He carried out his public health training at NHS Lothian (MSc 2009, MFPH 2010), including attachments at the World Health Organization and Scottish Government.

His work at the Unit started through his PhD, which investigated the relationship between evidence and public health policy through two case studies (the English public health white paper, ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’, and minimum unit pricing of alcohol). This research comprised a mixture of qualitative policy analysis and evidence synthesis. During this time, he also worked on social epidemiological studies of the impacts of public policy on health and health inequalities.
 
His work has been recognised through the following awards: a Clegg Scholarship at the BMJ, the Littlejohn-Gairdner prize from the Faculty of Public Health, and the Thomas C Chalmers award from the Cochrane Collaboration. He has served as a member of the ‘Health of the Public in 2040’ working group for the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Vittal welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students who are interested in evaluating the health impacts of public policies and/or understanding how public health policies have developed. 

 

Publications

[in press]

Mead L, Porteous L, Tait M, Stoker R, Payne S, Calvert C, Maxwell D, Katikireddi SV. Quantifying the number of patients with medical reasons for non-participation in the national breast and bowel screening programmes: a prevalence study in two Lothian GP practices. Journal of Medical Screening [in press]

2017

Fitzgerald N, Nicholls J, Winterbottom J, Katikireddi SV. Implementing a public health objective for alcohol premises licensing in Scotland: A qualitative study of strategies, values and, perceptions of evidence. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2017;14:221

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Gorman E, Leyland AH, McCartney G, Katikireddi SV, Rutherford L, Graham L, Robinson M, Gray L. Adjustment for survey non-representativeness using record-linkage: refined estimates of alcohol consumption by deprivation in Scotland. Addiction 2017;[epub ahead of print]

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2016

Craig P, Katikireddi SV, Leyland A, Popham F. Natural Experiments: An Overview of Methods, Approaches, and Contributions to Public Health Intervention Research. Annual Review of Public Health 2016;38

Egan M, Kearns A, Katikireddi SV, Curl A, Lawson K, Tannahill C. Proportionate universalism in practice? A quasi-experimental study of a UK neighbourhood renewal programme's impact on health inequalities. Social Science & Medicine 2016;152:41–49

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Gruer L, Cézard EG, Clark E, Douglas A, Steiner M, Millard A, Buchanan D, Katikireddi SV, Sheikh A, Bhopal R. Life expectancy of different ethnic groups using death records linked to population census data for 4.62 million people in Scotland. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2016;70

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Heise TL, Katikireddi SV, Pega F, Gartlehner G, Fenton C, Griebler U, Sommer I, Pfinder M, Lhachimi SK. Taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages for reducing their consumption and preventing obesity or other adverse health outcomes [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016;8:CD012319

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Hilton S, Weishaar H, Sweeting H, Trevisan F, Katikireddi SV. E-cigarettes, a safer alternative for teenagers? A UK focus group study of teenagers’ views. BMJ Open 2016;6:e013271

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Katikireddi SV, Der G, Roberts C, Haw S. Has childhood smoking reduced following smoke-free public places legislation? A segmented regression analysis of cross-sectional UK school-based surveys. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2016;18:1670-1674

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Katikireddi SV, Hilton S, Bond L. The role of the Sheffield Model on the Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol debate: The importance of a rhetorical perspective. Evidence and Policy 2016;12:521-539

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Katikireddi SV, Niedzwiedz C, Popham F. Employment status and income as potential mediators of educational inequalities in population mental health. European Journal of Public Health 2016;26:814–816

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Katikireddi SV, Reilly J. Characteristics of good supervision: a multi-perspective qualitative exploration of the Masters in Public Health dissertation. Journal of Public Health 2016;[epub ahead of print]

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Katikireddi SV, Smith KE, Stuckler D, McKee M. Devolution of power, revolution in public health?. Journal of Public Health 2016;[epub ahead of print]

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Katikireddi SV. Counting the cost of alcohol: what you measure will shape the policy response [commentary]. Addiction 2016;10.1111/add.13674

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Katikireddi SV. Economic opportunity: a determinant of health? [commentary]. The Lancet Public Health 2016;1:e4–e5

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Lhachimi SK, Pega F, Heise TL, Fenton C, Gartlehner G, Griebler U, Sommer I, Pfinder M, Katikireddi SV. Taxation of the fat content of foods for reducing their consumption and preventing obesity or other adverse health outcomes [protocol]. Cochrane Databse of Systematic Reviews 2016;10:CD012415

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Loopstra R, McKee M, Katikireddi SV, Taylor-Robinson D, Barr B, Stuckler D. Austerity and old-age mortality in England: A longitudinal cross-local area analysis, 2007-2013. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2016;109:109-16

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Pfinder M, Katikireddi SV, Pega F, Gartlehner G, Fenton C, Griebler U, Sommer I, Heise TL, Lhachimi SK. Taxation of unprocessed sugar or sugar-added foods for reducing their consumption and preventing obesity or other adverse health outcomes [protocol]. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016;8:CD012333

open access  

2015

Brown J, Neary J, Katikireddi SV, Thomson H, McQuaid R, Leyland AH, Frank J, Kiran S, Macdonald EB. Protocol for a mixed-methods longitudinal study to identify factors influencing return to work in the over 50s participating in the UK Work Programme: Supporting Older People into Employment (SOPIE). BMJ Open 2015;5:e010525

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Campbell M, Thomson H, Katikireddi SV, Sowden A. Assessing reporting of narrative synthesis of quantitative data in public health systematic reviews [protocol]. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow, 2015

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Katikireddi SV, Egan M, Petticrew M. How do systematic reviews incorporate risk of bias assessments into the synthesis of evidence? A methodological study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2015;69:189-95

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Katikireddi SV, Hilton S. How did policy actors use mass media to influence the Scottish alcohol minimum unit pricing debate? Comparative analysis of newspapers, evidence submissions and interviews. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy 2015;22:125-134

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Katikireddi SV. Reply to "What constitutes 'good' evidence for public health and social policy making? From hierarchies to appropriateness" [letter]. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 2015;4:51-55

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Patterson C, Katikireddi SV, Wood K, Hilton S. Representations of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in UK newspapers: a case study of a public health policy debate. Journal of Public Health 2015;37:40-9

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2014

Beaton M, Craig P, Katikireddi SV, Jepson R, Williams A. Evaluability assessment of Free School Meals for all children in P1 to P3. NHS Health Scotland, Edinburgh, 2014

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Gorman DR, Katikireddi SV, Morris C, Chalmers JWT, Sim J, Szamotulska K, Mierzejewska E, Hughes RG. Ethnic variation in maternity care: a comparison of Polish and Scottish women delivering in Scotland 2004-2009. Public Health 2014;128:262–267

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Gorman E, Leyland AH, McCartney G, White IR, Katikireddi SV, Rutherford L, Graham L, Gray L. Assessing the representativeness of population-sampled health surveys through linkage to administrative data on alcohol-related outcomes. American Journal of Epidemiology 2014;180 :941-948

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Hilton S, Wood K, Patterson C, Katikireddi SV. Implications for alcohol minimum unit pricing advocacy: what can we learn for public health from UK newsprint coverage of key claim-makers in the policy debate?. Social Science & Medicine 2014;102:157–164

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Katikireddi SV, Bond L, Hilton S. Changing policy framing as a deliberate strategy for public health advocacy: a qualitative policy case study of minimum unit pricing of alcohol. Milbank Quarterly 2014;92:250-83

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Katikireddi SV, Bond L, Hilton S. Perspectives on econometric modelling to inform policy: a UK qualitative case study of minimum unit pricing of alcohol. European Journal of Public Health 2014;24:490-495

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Katikireddi SV, Hilton S, Bonell C, Bond L. Understanding the development of Minimum Unit Pricing of alcohol in Scotland: a qualitative study of the policy process. PLoS One 2014;9:e91185

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Katikireddi SV, McKee M, Craig P, Stuckler D. The NHS reforms in England: four challenges to evaluating success and failure. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 2014;107:387-392

Katikireddi SV, Smith KE. Minimum unit pricing of alcohol in Scotland. In: Hill M, editor Studying public policy: an international approach. Bristol: Policy Press, 2014.

Katikireddi SV, Valles Sean A. Coupled ethical–epistemic analysis of public health research and practice: categorizing variables to improve population health and equity. American Journal of Public Health 2014:e1-e7

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Niedzwiedz C, Katikireddi SV, Pell JP, Mitchell R. Socioeconomic inequalities in the quality of life of older Europeans in different welfare regimes. European Journal of Public Health 2014;24 :364-370

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Niedzwiedz CL, Katikireddi SV, Pell JP, Mitchell R. The association between life course socioeconomic position and life satisfaction in different welfare states: European comparative study of individuals in early old age. Age and Ageing 2014;43:431-6

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Wood K, Patterson C, Katikireddi SV, Hilton S. Harms to ‘others’ from alcohol consumption in the minimum unit pricing policy debate: a qualitative content analysis of UK newspapers (2005-2012). Addiction 2014;109:578–584

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2013

Egan M, Katikireddi SV, Kearns A, Tannahill C, Kalacs M, Bond L. Health effects of neighborhood demolition and housing improvement: a prospective controlled study of 2 natural experiments in urban renewal. American Journal of Public Health 2013;103:e47-53

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Gray L, White IR, McCartney G, Katikireddi SV, Rutherford L, Gorman E, Leyland AH. Use of record-linkage to handle non-response and improve alcohol consumption estimates in health survey data: a study protocol. BMJ Open 2013;3:e002647

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Katikireddi SV, Gorman DR, Leyland AH. A comparison of trends in caesarean section rates in former communist (transition) countries and other European countries. European Journal of Public Health 2013;23:381-3

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Katikireddi SV, Higgins M, Smith KE, Williams G. Health inequalities: the need to move beyond bad behaviours [editorial]. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2013;67:715-716

Katikireddi SV. The relationship between evidence and public health policy: case studies of the English public health white paper and minimum unit pricing in Scotland [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2013.

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McCartney G, Myers F, Taulbut M, MacDonald W, Robinson M, Scott S, Mitchell R, Millard D, Tod E, Curnock E, Katikireddi SV, Craig N. Making a bad situation worse? The impact of welfare reform and the economic recession on health and health inequalities in Scotland (baseline report). Edinburgh, 2013

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2012

Katikireddi SV, Mclean JA. Introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland: considerations under European law and the implications for European public health [commentary]. European Journal of Public Health 2012;22:457-458

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Katikireddi SV, Niedzwiedz CL, Popham F. Trends in population mental health before and after the 2008 recession: a repeat cross-sectional analysis of the 1991–2010 Health Surveys of England. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001790

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Niedzwiedz CL, Katikireddi SV, Pell JP, Mitchell R. Life course socio-economic position and quality of life in adulthood: a systematic review of life course models. BMC Public Health 2012;12:628

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Smith KE, Katikireddi SV. A glossary of theories for understanding policymaking. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2012;67:198-202

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2011

Douglas MJ, Carver H, Katikireddi SV. How well do strategic environmental assessments in Scotland consider human health?. Public Health 2011;125:585-91

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Higgins M, Katikireddi SV, Conaglen P, Jones C, Douglas M. UK Public Accounts Committee report on health inequalities [letter]. The Lancet 2011;377ID - 253:206-7

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Katikireddi SV, Higgins M, Bond L, Bonell C, Macintyre S. How evidence based is English public health policy?. BMJ 2011;343:d7310

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Katikireddi SV, Morling J R, Bhopal R. Is there a divergence in time trends in the prevalence of impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes? A systematic review in South Asian populations. International Journal of Epidemiology 2011;40:1542-53

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Sim JA, Ulanikaa AA, Katikireddi SV, Gorman D. 'Out of two bad choices, I took the slightly better one': vaccination dilemmas for Scottish and Polish migrant women during the H1N1 influenza pandemic. Public Health 2011;125:505-11

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Smith K, Warner P, Williams L, Adamson W, Katikireddi SV, Dewart P, Carman W, Templeton KE, Denison FC, Mackenzie DG. Prevalence of Influenza A (H1N1) seropositivity in unvaccinated healthcare workers in Scotland at the height of the global pandemic. Journal of Environmental and Public Health 2011:407505

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2009

Katikireddi SV. Waiting times are poor marker for equity [letter]. BMJ 2009;339:b4066

2008

Katikireddi SV, Cloud G C. Planning a patient’s discharge from hospital. BMJ 2008;337:a2694

2006

Leslie S J, Katikireddi SV, Geddes J, Perkins S, Hargreaves A D. Nurse-led versus physician-led post-myocardial infarction review clinics: a retrospective study. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing 2006;1:341-346

2004

Katikireddi SV, Bhopal R, Quickfall JA. GPs need training and funding in caring for refugees and asylum seekers [letter]. BMJ 2004;328:770

Katikireddi SV. HINARI: bridging the global information divide. BMJ 2004;328:1190-3