Dr Dawn Swancutt

Dr Dawn Swancutt

PenARC Research Fellow

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Dawn Swancutt is a mixed-methods researcher with a background in patient experience of their care.  She joined Plymouth University at the beginning of 2014 to work with the ‘Avoidable Acute Admissions’ study.  Her role within the team predominantly involved using a Value Stream Mapping technique to explore differences in patient pathways through acute care. Her current work includes regional mapping of variations in community services aimed at reducing admissions to hospital and the provision, and format, of Tier 3 weight-management services.


  • PhD Primary Care, University of Birmingham, 2009
  • Masters in Public Health (MPH), University of Birmingham, 2005
  • BSc. (Hons). Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, 1998

Research interests

  • Mixed-methods research
  • Health services research
  • Research into patient experience of their care
  • Format and delivery of weight-management services
  • Patient care pathways

Key publications are highlighted

Swancutt D, Tarrant M & Pinkney J 2019 'How Group-Based Interventions Can Improve Services for People with Severe Obesity' Current Obesity Reports 8, (3) 333-339 , DOI PEARL
Swancutt D, Joel-Edgar S, Allen M, Thomas D, Brant H, Benger J, Byng R & Pinkney J 2017 'Not all waits are equal: an exploratory investigation of emergency care patient pathways' BMC Health Services Research 17, (1) , DOI PEARL
Pinkney J, Rance S, Benger J, Brant H, Joel-Edgar S, Swancutt D, Westlake D, Pearson M, Thomas D & Holme I 2016 'How can frontline expertise and new models of care best contribute to safely reducing avoidable acute admissions? A mixed-methods study of four acute hospitals' Health Services Delivery Research 4, (3) 1-1 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Apenteng PN, McCahon D, Murray ET, Jowett S, Murray KA, Swancutt D & Fitzmaurice DA 2015 ''The best thing since sliced bread’: patients’ perceptions of self-management of oral anticoagulation' Thrombus 2, (19) 45-47
Croker JE, Swancutt DR, Roberts MJ, Abel GA, Roland M & Campbell JL 2013 'Factors affecting patients’ trust and confidence in GPs: evidence from the English national GP patient survey' BMJ Open 3, (5) e002762-e002762 , DOI PEARL
Coast J, Al-Janabi H, Sutton EJ, Horrocks SA, Vosper AJ, Swancutt DR & Flynn TN 2012 'Using qualitative methods for attribute development for discrete choice experiments: issues and recommendations' Health Economics 21, (6) 730-741 , DOI
Swancutt DR, Greenfield SM, Luesley DM & Wilson S 2011 'Women's experience of colposcopy: a qualitative investigation' BMC WOMENS HEALTH 11, Author Site , DOI
Swancutt DR, Luesley DM, Eastaugh JL & Wilson S 2008 'Anesthetic Choice in the Colposcopy Clinic: A Retrospective Analysis of Routinely Collected Data' Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 63, (8) 504-505 , DOI
2008 'Author response to: Anaesthetic choice in the colposcopy clinic: a retrospective analysis of routinely collected data' BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 115, (9) 1190-1190 , DOI
Swancutt DR, Luesley DM, Eastaugh JL & Wilson S 2008 'Anaesthetic choice in the colposcopy clinic: a retrospective analysis of routinely collected data' BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY 115, (5) 646-652 Author Site , DOI
Swancutt DR, Greenfield SM & Wilson S 2008 'Women's colposcopy experience and preferences: a mixed methods study' BMC Womens Health 8, Author Site , DOI
Swancutt DR, Hobbs R, Fitzmaurice D, Mant J, Murray E, Jowett S, Raftery J, Bryan S, Davies M & Lip G 2004 'A randomised controlled trial and cost effectiveness study of systematic screening (targeted and total population screening) versus routine practice for the detection of atrial fibrillation in the over 65s: (SAFE) [ISRCTN19633732]' BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 4, , DOI