Dr Katie Sworn BA Hons, MRes, PhD

Research Associate in Systematic ReviewingKatie Sworn

Health Economics and Decision Science
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
Sheffield, S1 4DA

Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2967

Email: k.sworn@sheffield.ac.uk 

Room: 2025

ORCiD: 0000-0001-6247-4007 


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 policy makers 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

My research interests are:

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

Teaching Interests

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

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).

Current Projects

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.


I am based in the Health Economics and Decision Science section of ScHARR.


Please follow this link for the extended list of publications. 

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers


  • 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