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Current Postgraduate Research Students

Sarah Brearley supervises 30 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Dr Sarah Brearley


Sarah Brearley

Furness Building

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YG

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592574


Research overview

My research expertise is in supportive and palliative care.  In particular I am interested in innovative approaches to managing complex symptoms, particularly in cancer but also in non malignant conditions.  This comprises a range of research topics and methods including qualitative research exploring the patient experience, large scale RCTs investigating symptom management interventions and developing outcome measures.  I also have research interests in paediatric palliative care, spiritual care, palliative sedation and innovative methodologies for research in palliative care.

Current Research

Current projects include:

  • A systematic review of patient reported outcome measures in gynaecological oncology (Rosemere)
  • A study to assess the use of the Palliative Care Outcome Scale (POS) within the acute stroke population
  • TERSC-  A randomised controlled trial of thoracic epidural analgesia versus rectus sheath catheters for open midline incisions in major abdominal surgery within an Enhanced Recovery Program (RfPB)
  • Exploring the role of free living activity in advanced cancer patients- a project of PhD student Sonya Lowe
  • A prospective descriptive study to examine the incidence of end of life symptoms in care home residents – a project of PhD student Lynne Partington
  • Exploring the patient experience of cancer recurrence from ‘disease free status’ to advanced stage disease – a project of PhD student Denice Economou
  • Development of a patient communication style assessment tool to assist pharmacist provision of analgesic medicines information for palliative care patients- a project of PhD student Alison MacRobbie
  • Paediatric palliative care service underutilisation: a mixed methods study exploring accessibility and care give coping- a project of PhD student Andrea Postier
  • The nature of moral distress experienced by nursing home staff when careing for  residents towards the end of life- a project of PhD student Amanda Young
  • Palliative sedation- a EURO IMPACT project of PhD student Evie Papavasiliou
  • Consensus techniques in  palliative care research- a project of PhD student Saskia Jünger
  • Development of palliative care in central Europe- a EURO IMPACT project of PhD student Martin Loucka
  • Perceptions of Palliative Care by health professionals in Kenya- a project of PhD student Ruth Njenga
  • Silence in spiritual care at the end of life- a project of PhD student Lynn Bassett
  • Understand palliative care patients’ spiritual needs in Ireland- a project of PhD student Deborah Hayden

Potential projects include those which focus on:

  • Complex interventions for symptom management
  • Medicines management at the end of life
  • Experiences at the end of life

Current Teaching

Director of Studies of the PhD in Palliative Care

DHR 405 Summer Academy

DHR 516 Questions, methods, choices

Autumn Academies

Masters in Palliative Medicine (Universita di Bologna)


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