Mr Ioan Humphreys
Research Assistant
Swansea Centre for Health Economics
Telephone: (01792) 602049

Ioan has an MSc in Social Research Methods. He has worked in the field of Health Economics and health services research for the last eight years and has extensive data analysis experience.

For the last eight years he has worked on several large scale studies and trials contributing to the health economic aspects alongside Ceri Phillips, Deb Fitzsimmons and Pippa Anderson. He has numerous publications and several poster abstracts accepted for high profile conferences in Dublin, Bilbao and Philadelphia, US. He has also delivered presentations at conferences in Glasgow, Birmingham, Cardiff and Swansea  

Ioan teaches aspects of Health Economics to undergraduate and post graduate students and contributes to a module on Health Economics with Deb Fitzsimmons for the BSc in Health and Social Care course.

Ioan has co-led a number of studies based in Swansea and elsewhere; recent completed work includes the health economic analysis for the Seal Or Varnish study – A randomised trial to determine the relative cost and effectiveness of pit and fissure sealants and fluoride varnish in preventing dental decay; Lymphoedema Service Evaluation  -  an evaluation of the economic impact of the All –Wales Lymphoedema Service; and the Help Point+ evaluation – an economic evaluation of the Swansea City Centre Help Point+ Scheme which aimed to reduce ED attendances for intoxicated people in the Swansea night time economy.


  1. et. al. Paramedic Assessment of Older Adults After Falls, Including Community Care Referral Pathway: Cluster Randomized Trial. Annals of Emergency Medicine
  2. & Estimating the costs associated with the management of patients with chronic wounds using linked routine data. International Wound Journal, n/a-n/a.
  3. & Cost analysis of the Communication and Low Mood (CALM) randomised trial of behavioural therapy for stroke patients with aphasia. Clinical Rehabilitation 29(1), 30-41.
  4. Nurse-Led Medicines' Monitoring for Patients with Dementia in Care Homes: A Pragmatic Cohort Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomised Trial. PLOS ONE 10(10), e0140203
  5. & Preventing substance misuse: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial of the Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 UK (SFP 10–14 UK). BMC Public Health 14(1), 49

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