Professor Sarah Brearley SFHEA

Professor of Palliative Care

Research Overview

My research expertise is in supportive and palliative care (cancer and non malignant conditions), focusing on three broad areas: i) systems of palliative care in hospital, primary and community settings, including family/patient experiences of care; ii) symptoms (including patients' experiences of symptoms) and the outcome measures used to assess these; iii) health inequalities in palliative and end of life care. Current or recent projects include evaluating the effect, effectiveness and experiences of enhanced 7-day palliative care services (2018-2020), an evaluation of the Manchester Macmillan Supportive and Palliative Care Programme (2019-2021) and a mixed methods study mapping illness trajectories for people with advanced cancer receiving immunotherapy treatment in order to identify palliative care need (2021-2023).

I have an interest in research methods, and recently co-edited a handbook on Research Methods in Health Research.

Alongside my disciplinary and methodological interests i am interested in pedagogical scholarly work focusing on two areas: i) learner typologies and ii) mesocultures as a mechanism of sustaining excellence in teaching.

Selected Publications

Handbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research: Questions, Methods and Choices
Walshe, C., Brearley, S. 31/07/2020 Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. 367 p. ISBN: 9781785363207.

The palliative care needs of adults with intellectual disabilities and their access to palliative care services: A systematic review
Adam, E., Sleeman, K., Brearley, S., Hunt, K., Tuffrey-Wijne, I. 1/09/2020 In: Palliative Medicine. 34, 8, p. 1006-1018. 13 p.
Journal article

Hidden lives and deaths: the last months of life of people with intellectual disabilities living in long-term, generic care settings in the UK
Todd, S., Bernal, J., Worth, R., Shearn, J., Brearley, S., McCarron, M., Hunt, K. 30/11/2021 In: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 34, 6, p. 1489-1498. 10 p.
Journal article

Consensus building in palliative care : a Europe-wide Delphi study on common understandings and conceptual differences
Jünger, S., Payne, S., Brearley, S., Ploenes, V., Radbruch, L. 08/2012 In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 44, 2, p. 192-205. 14 p.
Journal article

The physical and practical problems experienced by cancer survivors: a rapid review and synthesis of the literature
Brearley, S.G., Stamataki, Z., Addington-Hall, J., Foster, C., Hodges, L., Jarrett, N., Richardson, A., Scott, I., Sharpe, M., Stark, D., Siller, C., Ziegler, L., Amir, Z. 07/2011 In: European Journal of Oncology Nursing. 15, 3, p. 204-212. 9 p.
Journal article

Exploring the experience of recurrence with advanced cancer for people who perceived themselves to be cancer free: a grounded theory study
Economou, D., Walshe, C., Brearley, S. 31/07/2021 In: Supportive Care in Cancer. 29, 7, p. 3885-3894. 10 p.
Journal article

Clinical features of oral chemotherapy : results of a longitudinal prospective study of breast and colorectal cancer patients receiving capecitabine in the UK.
Brearley, S.G., Craven, O., Saunders, M., Swindell, R., Molassiotis, A. 07/2010 In: European Journal of Cancer Care. 19, 4, p. 425-433. 9 p.
Journal article

Women's experiences of advanced breast cancer in a resource-limited Arab context: A Stakian multi-case study
Fearon, D., Hughes, S., Brearley, S. 21/05/2021 In: Psycho-Oncology.
Journal article

Activity and advanced cancer: A grounded theory
Lowe, S.S., Milligan, C., Brearley, S.G. 1/02/2020 In: Palliative Medicine. 34, 2, p. 231-244. 14 p.
Journal article

Forgotten lives, hidden Deaths: people with ID living in and dying in non‐ID care settings
Todd, S., Bernal, J., Hunt, K., Brearley, S., McCarron, M. 1/07/2019
Meeting abstract

  • Institute for Social Futures Fellow
  • International Observatory on End of Life Care