Sue Harnan


Research Fellow

University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA

Office: 1018

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 0869
Fax: (+44) (0)114 222 0749


ORCiD: 0000-0002-9318-9206


I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 1996 with a BSc in Physiology and went on to graduate with an MSc in Science, Culture and Communication at the University of Bath in 2002. I worked in the charitable sector as a systematic reviewer at Penny Brohn Cancer Care for two years before joining ScHARR in 2009 as a member of ScHARR-TAG.
Since then, I have worked on and lead health technology assessments and systematic reviews for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment (NCCHTA) and for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Since 2012 I have also been a member of the Department of Health's Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions (EEPRU).

Research interests

• Health technology assessment
• Systematic review methodologies including
o Diagnostic reviews
o Rapid reviews
o Review of reviews
o Review techniques for network meta analyses
o Non-RCT reviews
o Systematic review of psychometric properties of outcome measures
• Health and wellbeing benefits of the natural environment

Teaching Interests

I teach a wide range of systematic review topics, including risk of bias, meta-analysis and narrative synthesis, as well as associated topics in health technology assessment. I teach on and co-ordinate a number of modules within Masters Degree programmes here in ScHARR, as well as teaching on ScHARR’s short courses and bespoke training courses.
I am a module co-ordinator for HAR6501, Systematic Reviews and Critical Appraisal Techniques
I am also a module co-ordinator on the Methods and Processes module on the MSc in International Health Technology Assessment

Recent and Current Projects

I am currently working on the following projects:
• Health technology assessment of exhaled nitric oxide for the diagnosis and management of asthma (Diagnostic appraisal report for NICE)
• Systematic review of the association between transfusion independence and overall survival in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (consultancy)
• Systematic review of reviews of the psychometric properties of the EQ-5D for the National Clinical Audit (EEPRU)

I have recently worked on the following projects
• Health technology assessment of colistimethate sodium and tobramycin dry powder formulations for cystic fibrosis (Multiple technology appraisal for NICE)
• Health technology assessment of treatments for intermittent claudication (Multiple technology appraisal for NICE)
• Appraisal of Rivaroxaban for treatment and secondary prevention of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (Single technology appraisal for NICE)
• The impact of pre-hospital transfer strategies on clinical outcomes: A systematic review comparing direct transfer to specialist care centres with initial transfer to the nearest local hospital (NIHR SDO project)
• Systematic review and economic evaluation of enhanced imaging techniques for axillary metastases in breast cancer (NIHR HTA)
• Systematic review and economic evaluation of clinical decision rules for minor head injury (NIHR HTA)
• Systematic review of early awareness campaigns for colorectal cancer (EEPRU)
• Rapid Review of the health and wellbeing effects of Yoga (consultancy)
• Mapping review of the health benefits of urban green spaces (feasibility study for Sheffield City Council)

Extended List of Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers