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), the Health Technology Assessment Programme (on behalf of policymakers such the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)), and other funders.

I have previously undertaken evidence reviews for the School of Nursing and Midwifery (University of Sheffield) under the Strategic Research Alliance with the Royal College of Nursing. I also contributed to a mapping review of Epilepsy Specialist Nurses (ESPENTE) funded by the charity Epilepsy Action. I have 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. I explored how methods-centred reviews can inform researcher decisions in choices of data collection methods (and their application) in the context of dementia research. Previously, I worked as a researcher at the University of Hertfordshire in the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC).

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 have been a facilitator on the ESQUIRE qualitative Evidence Synthesis short course run by ScHARR.

I supervise masters degree dissertation students and I am a lecturer on the ScHARR Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Techniques module (HAR6501).