Dr Sarah Hargreaves

BA (hons), MSc, MA, PhD

Nursing and Midwifery, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery

Research Associate

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Dr Sarah Hargreaves
Nursing and Midwifery, School of Allied Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery
Barber House Annexe
3 Clarkehouse Road
S10 2HQ

I joined the Mesothelioma UK Research Centre in 2021 as a Research Associate as part of the team working to improve patient and carer experience through research. 

I have worked in the field of health research for some years, in a number of Research Associate roles in the Information School and School of Health and Related Research, and in my previous role as a Senior Public Health Analyst for Doncaster Public Health Intelligence Team.

Research interests

My research interests are in exploring experiences of health conditions; the role of carers; and support needs, especially around informational support.

I am also interested in the use of technology to support and enable people living with health conditions.

My previous projects include: -

  • Tools for Life’ exploring data sharing and public health
  • A Space for Sharing’ a qualitative analysis of empathy in online health forums in people living with Breast Cancer and Motor Neurone Disease: 
  • Information needs of carers of people living with dementia (a qualitative study) 
  • A variety of projects aimed at enabling people living with health conditions through technology as part of the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare research team e.g., Frailty, a prototype mobile phone for older people (MhealthAssist), 

My PhD was funded by Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and explored activities within the home and health in older people living with heart failure, and the implications for a telecare sensor technology (2014).


Sbaffi, L.  and Hargreaves, S. (2021) The information trust formation process for informal caregivers of people with dementia: a qualitative study. Journal of Documentation: https://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/173588/ 

Hargreaves, S., Bath, P. A., Duffin, S., & Ellis, J. (2018). Sharing and empathy in digital spaces: Qualitative study of online health forums for breast cancer and motor neuron disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Journal of medical Internet research20(6), e222: https://www.jmir.org/2018/6/e222/ 

Hargreaves, S., Hawley, M. S., Haywood, A., & Enderby, P. M. (2017) Informing the Design of “Lifestyle Monitoring” Technology for the Detection of Health Deterioration in Long-Term Conditions: A Qualitative Study of People Living with Heart Failure. Journal of medical Internet research19(6), e231: https://www.jmir.org/2017/6/e231 

Hargreaves, S. and Bath, P.A. (2019) Online health forums: the role of online support for people living with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Management: https://www.futuremedicine.com/doi/10.2217/bmt-2019-0008 

Bangar, S., Hargreaves, S., & Mountain, G. (2015). The Impact of ageing research within the Research Excellence Framework 2014: an evaluation.  University of Sheffield, British Society of Gerontology. Available from: https://www.britishgerontology.org/content/30206/Live/Revised%20BSG%20Impact%20Case%20Studies%20Report.pdf

Cudd, P., Bolton, E., Hargreaves, S., & Oguntuase, O. (2013) Stakeholder Perspectives on Assistive Technology to Aid People to Move Safely in Encarnação, P., Azevedo, L., & Gelderblom, G. J. (Eds.). (2013). Assistive Technology: From Research to Practice: AAATE 2013 (Vol. 33). IOS Press, pp1013-1018.

Carlisle, R., Morris, R., Whittle, S., & Hargreaves, S. et al. (2004). The health impact of changing to geographical working. Community Practitioner77(10), 376:


Hargreaves, S., Bath, P. A., Duffin, S., Ellis, J., & Lovatt. Shared Experiences of Informal Caring: Support with Empathy on a Motor Neurone Disease Online Health Forum. 29th International Symposium on ALS/MND. Glasgow. 2018.

Hargreaves, S., Bath, P. A., Duffin, S., Ellis, J., & Lovatt, M. Empathy and Sharing in Online Forums for People with Two Long-Term Conditions Oxford International Health Conference 2017. Oxford. 

Hargreaves, S., Bath, P, A., Duffin, S., Ellis, J. & Lovatt, M. Empathy and Trust Among People with MND Sharing Information, Experiences and Emotions in an Online Discussion Forum. 28th International Symposium on ALS/MND. Boston, MA, USA. 2017.

Bath, P.A., Ellis, J., Hargreaves, S., & Lovatt, M. Empathy, Sharing and Support Among Users of a Forum for People with MND.27th International Symposium on ALS/MND. Dublin. 2016.

Hargreaves, S., Hawley, M. S., & Campbell, M. J. (2011). Telecare lifestyle monitoring—built on a strong foundation? International Journal of Integrated Care11(6).