Dr Sarah Brearley

Senior Lecturer in Health Research

Research Overview

My research expertise is in supportive and palliative care (cancer and non malignant conditions), focusing on four broad areas: i) symptoms in and outcome measures to assess these; ii) family/patient experiences of care; iii) palliative care development; and iv) palliative and end of life care in long term settings. In addition I have an interest in paediatric palliative care, spiritual care and methodologies .I have developed an expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods research methods, and have also run clinical trials.

Selected Publications

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

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

A Review of Patient Self-report Tools for Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting
Brearley, S.G., Clements, C., Molassiotis, A. 2008 In: Supportive Care in Cancer. 16, p. 1213-1229. 17 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

The effectiveness of a home care nursing programme in the symptom management of patients with colorectal and breast cancer receiving oral chemotherapy: a randomised controlled trial
Molassiotis, A., Brearley, S.G., Saunders, M., Craven, O., Wardley, A., Farrell, C., Swindell, R., Todd, C., Luker, K. 2009 In: Journal of Clinical Oncology. 27, 36, p. 6190-6198. 9 p.
Journal article

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