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Dr Yen-Fu Chen

Job Title
Associate Professor (Research Focussed)
WMS - Health Sciences
Research Interests

Yen-Fu has over 20 years of experience in undertaking systematic reviews (including health technology assessments) and health services research. His current research interests include evidence synthesis methodology, publication bias and reducing research waste, mapping and synthesis of different types of evidence and across different disciplines and settings, and development and evaluation of complex interventions for improving the quality of health care.


Yen-Fu studied pharmacy at the National Taiwan University before coming to the UK for postgraduate training in biopharmacy at King's College London and then public health and health services research at the University of Nottingham. From 2002 he worked as a Systematic Reviewer and Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and undertook systematic reviews and health technology assessments for many regional and national organisations including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on a wide range of topics covering pharmaceuticals, interventional procedures and public health. He joined the University of Warwick in 2014 where he was closely involved global health research, and in particular into improving health in urban slums. He became a member of the Warwick Evidence since 2019 and undertakes technology assessments for NICE and other related research. He is currently the Co-Director of the NIHR West Midlands Evidence Synthesis Group and an associate editor for the journal Systematic Review.

Title Funder Award start Award end
NIHR Evidence Synthesis Group stage 2 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Apr 2023 31 Mar 2028
NIHR HDRC Stage 2 lead by Coventry City Council: NIHR151356-Coventry Health Determinants Research Collboration National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Oct 2022 30 Sep 2027
Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellow Thomas Matthews National University of Ireland 01 Oct 2023 30 Sep 2025
NIHR HS&DR Stage 2 Lead by UHCW:Single use versus multiple use endoscopes: balancing infection control and environmental impact (SUMU-Endo) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Jun 2023 31 May 2025
NIHR HTA Stage 2 (stage 1 on ideate 74591) : Ventilation technologies: an overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Sep 2023 28 Feb 2025
NIHR HTA Stage 2: Medication support interventions for people with learning disability National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Sep 2022 30 Jun 2024
NIHR HTA Stage 2: Perioperative Oxygen Therapy National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Dec 2021 31 Mar 2023
NIHR TAR2 12 month extension and supplement - orginal award on IDEATE number 00169 under Aileen Clarke National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Apr 2021 31 Mar 2022
FULL HS&DR via Bham. New research on use and usefulness of patient experience data (PEARL) (Outline-45671) National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2016 30 Sep 2019
HiSLAC Project - Ideate fEC 00143 National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Feb 2014 31 Jan 2019
Bayesian approaches to evaluation The Health Foundation 15 Jul 2015 14 Jul 2016