Dr Katie Sworn BA Hons, MRes, PhD

Research Associate Katie Sworn

Information Resources Group, HEDS
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: 1004

ORCiD: 0000-0001-6247-4007 


I am a Research Associate in the Information Resources Group, HEDS, ScHARR. My employment with the University of Sheffield commenced in April 2016. I am currently contributing to evidence reviews within a programme of research for the School of Nursing and Midwifery (University of Sheffield) in alliance with the Royal College of Nursing. The programme is designed to support the development of nursing research evidence and research capacity.

I was previously working on the INDEX Study which focused on the development of Complex Interventions. The aim of the study was to produce guidance for researchers on how to develop complex interventions to improve health or health car outcomes. The design was a sequential mixed methods study in three phases. The phases included: a systematic reviews component, a qualitative component and a consensus exercise component. I undertook the systematic review phase of the study.

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 qualitative systematic reviews. I explored how methods-centred reviews can inform researcher decisions in choices of data collection methods (and their application). The reviews were based in the field of dementia and alternative communication research methods. Previously, I have worked as a researcher at the University of Hertfordshire in the Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC). I was a Research Assistant on the EXPLORE DD study which synthesised the experiences of dementia diagnosis and treatment through a qualitative systematic review.

Research Interests

My research interests are systematic methodology, complex interventions and dementia research

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are systematic reviewing (qualitative), research methodology and health-related social policy.

Current Projects

I am currently working on a scope review for the School of Nursing to explore concepts surrounding patient safety outcomes and nursing skill mix interventions.


I am based in the Information Resources Group within the Health Economics and Decision Science section.


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