Dr Katie Sworn

BA Hons, MRes, PhD

School of Health and Related Research

Research Associate in Systematic Reviewing

+44 114 222 2967

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Dr Katie Sworn
School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

My employment with the University of Sheffield commenced in April 2016. I am currently a Research Associate in Systematic Reviewing within Health Economics and Decision Science (HEDS), ScHARR. I contribute to the ScHARR health research and consultancy programmes in reviewing, including review design and methodological development. This involves working as a member of the Technology Assessment Group (ScHARR-TAG). ScHARR-TAG carries out high-quality evidence syntheses for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

I have experience conducting a range of review methods including clinical effectiveness reviews and qualitative evidence syntheses. Recent review projects include a scoping review on equity in the health care needs and service coverage of older people (funded by WHO, Kobe Centre) and a methodological review about risk assessment models for venous thromboembolism in hospitalised adult patients (funded by NIHR). I have previously led evidence reviews for the School of Nursing and Midwifery (University of Sheffield) under the Strategic Research Alliance with the Royal College of Nursing and I worked on the INDEX Study that focused on the development of complex interventions, funded by the MRC.

I undertook my PhD in the Social Policy Research Unit in the University of York, which I completed in 2016. My PhD was a methodological programme of research involving three systematic reviews in the context of dementia research and communication methods.

Research interests
  • Systematic review methodolgy
  • Health policy
  • Complex interventions
  • Long term conditions

I am currently working on health technology assessment research and consultancy projects on reviews of clinical and cost effectiveness of health care interventions with ScHARR-TAG.


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  • Campbell F, Booth A, Sworn K, Reuber M, Grunewald R, Mack C & Dickson J (2019) Epilepsy Specialist Nurses The Evidence (ESPENTE): a Systematic Mapping Review View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download


Teaching interests

My teaching interests are systematic reviewing (in particular Qualitative Evidence Synthesis), health research methodology and health-related social policy.

Teaching activities

I am a deputy module lead for Key Issues in National and Global Public Health (HAR6047 online) and I am a lecturer on the ScHARR Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Techniques module (HAR6501). I am also a tutor on the module Study Design and Systematic Review Methods HAR6169.

I am a second supervisor for a PhD student and I supervise Master’s Degree dissertation students.

I have designed and co-facilitated a review methods workshop for a university collaboration event between Fudan University China, Queens University Belfast (QUB) and Sheffield University held in Shanghai funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences, Newton Fund and the National Science Foundation of China (2nd-6th December 2019).