Institute for Ageing

Staff Profile

Dr Matthew Breckons

Research Associate


I am a mixed-methods researcher with a strong qualitative background.

I started working at the Institute of Health and Society IHS in 2012 on the DEEP Study: Developing Effective and Efficient care pathways for patients with persistent pain. I have previously worked for the Macmillan Survivorship Research Group at the University of Southampton and in the Faculty of Health & Human Sciences at Plymouth University.

I currently work with the Health Economics Research Group at Newcastle University and am involved with several studies including preference elicitation work (time-trade off and standard gamble) and the development of patient reported outcome measures (PROM).


  • 2014 PhD (Health Studies) Universities of Plymouth and Exeter "Factors affecting the development of an evidence-based information service in a third sector provider of complementary cancer care"
  • 2006 BSc (Hons) Complementary Medicine & Health Sciences, Salford University

Previous Positions

  • 2010-2012 Senior Research Assistant, University of Southampton
  • 2009-2010 Research Assistant, Plymouth University
  • 2007-2009 KTP Associate, Penny Brohn Cancer Care, Bristol

Areas of expertise

  • Qualitative research
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Health economics

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I run 'An Introduction to NVivo' course for postgraduate students from the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering.