A.D. (Ashika) Maharaj PhD

A.D. (Ashika) Maharaj PhD



Ashika Maharaj is a researcher in Health and Policy at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology. She graduated with a Bachelor in Pharmacy in New Zealand (NZ), worked within governance and safety in a large metropolitan hospital setting, and was as an advisor to the Health Quality and Safety Commission NZ (department within the Ministry of Health). Ashika was conferred her PhD (Oct 2020) by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Australia. Her thesis was titled "Quantifying Quality of Care in Pancreatic Cancer" and she is in an affiliate position with Monash University.


  • Open-source dataset for resource management within health systems (with Associate Prof Saba Hinrichs-Krapels & Prof Alexander Verbraeck)
  • Adverse surgical margin outcomes in pancreatic cancer (Monash University)
  • Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) use in oncology clinical practice (Monash University)

Research Interest and Expertise

Ashika's research interest includes understanding how to measure health systems performance and quality by using evidence- and consensus-based methods. She has a background in developing clinical quality registries and evaluating the large amount of clinical data collected prospectively to identify, understand and reduce unwarranted clinical variation.

She is an expert in the modified Delphi consensus method for indicator development, quantitative methods that include biostatistical analysis, evidence synthesis / systematic reviews & meta-analysis using the PICO framework; qualitative interviews using the theoretical domains framework and; surveys and questionnaire based data collection/studies.

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  • 2021-11-17

    Effectiveness of public health measures in reducing the incidence of covid-19, SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and covid-19 mortality

    Systematic review and meta-analysis
    Stella Talic / Shivangi Shah / Holly Wild / Danijela Gasevic / Ashika Maharaj / Zanfina Ademi / Xue Li / Wei Xu / Ines Mesa-Eguiagaray / Jasmin Rostron / Evropi Theodoratou / Xiaomeng Zhang / Ashmika Motee / Danny Liew / Dragan Ilic

  • 2022

    Monitoring quality of care in hepatocellular carcinoma

    A modified Delphi consensus
    Ashika D. Maharaj / John Lubel / Eileen Lam / Paul J. Clark / Oliver Duncan / Jacob George / Gary P. Jeffrey / Lara Lipton / Howard Liu / Geoffrey McCaughan / Eu Ling Neo / Jennifer Philip / Simone I. Strasser / Katherine Stuart / Alexander Thompson / Jonathan Tibballs / Thomas Tu / Michael C. Wallace / Alan Wigg / Marnie Wood / Amany Zekry / Elysia Greenhill / Liane J. Ioannou / Golo Ahlenstiel / Kaye Bowers / Stephen J. Clarke / Anouk Dev / Michael Fink / Mark Goodwin / Christos S. Karapetis / Miriam T. Levy / Kate Muller / James O'Beirne / David Pryor / James Seow / Nicholas Shackel / Caroline Tallis / Nick Butler / John K. Olynyk / Kate Reed-Cox / John R. Zalcberg / Stuart K. Roberts

  • 2022

    The association between quality care and outcomes for a real-world population of Australian patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

    Ashika D. Maharaj / Sue M. Evans / Liane J. Ioannou / Daniel Croagh / Arul Earnest / Jennifer F. Holland / Charles H.C. Pilgrim / Rachel E. Neale / David Goldstein / James G. Kench / Neil D. Merrett / Kate White / Elizabeth A. Burmeister / Peter M. Evans / Theresa M. Hayes / Nezor Houli / Brett Knowles / Trevor Leong / Mehrdad Nikfarjam / Jennifer Philip / Maddy Quinn / Jeremy Shapiro / Marty D. Smith / John B. Spillane / Rachel Wong / John R. Zalcberg

  • 2021

    Barriers and enablers to the implementation of multidisciplinary team meetings

    A qualitative study using the theoretical domains framework
    Ashika D. Maharaj / Sue M. Evans / John R. Zalcberg / Liane J. Ioannou / Marnie Graco / Daniel Croagh / Charles H.C. Pilgrim / Theresa Dodson / David Goldstein / Jennifer Philip / James G. Kench / Neil D. Merrett / Rachel E. Neale / Kate White / Peter Evans / Trevor Leong

  • 2022

    Prognostic models to predict survival in patients with pancreatic cancer

    a systematic review
    Liane J. Ioannou / Ashika D. Maharaj / John R. Zalcberg / Jesse T. Loughnan / Daniel G. Croagh / Charles H. Pilgrim / David Goldstein / James G. Kench / Neil D. Merrett / Arul Earnest / Elizabeth A. Burmeister / Kate White / Rachel E. Neale / Sue M. Evans