Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Matthew Breckons

Research Associate


I started working at the Institute of Health and Society IHS in December 2012 on the DEEP Study: Developing Effective and Efficient care pathways for patients with chronic Pain. I've 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. I am working as part of a team on the LITMUS study (Liver Investigation: Testing Marker Utility in Steatohepatitis), developing and testing a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) to be used with people with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). I am also using Time Trade Off methods to examine short term impacts on quality of life in the OPEN trial (Clarifying the management of men with recurrent urethral stricture) and the PHOTO trial (Photo-dynamic versus white light-guided treatment of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer). I am currently starting work on a study trialling the use of dental hygienists in the management of follow-up for low-risk patients.

I have recently worked on a study of hypnotherapy for taste-loss following treatment for head and neck cancer.


  • 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.