Research Themes

We research the use of information within healthcare: this includes digital information as well as paper-based information systems.

We examine the information used by patients and their family members and carers, health care professionals, health service managers and librarians, as well members of the public.

We use a range of methodologies including both qualitative and quantitative research.

The quantitative methods include surveys and analysing health data using statistical methods such as regression models, and data mining methods such as genetic algorithms.

The qualitative methods utilise interview and focus group methods, and employ thematic analyses, including framework analysis.

The nature of our research means that it is necessarily collaborative and the work we do involves colleagues within the University of Sheffield and in other universities. We work with colleagues in palliative medicine, public health, emergency medicine, psychiatry, biomedical engineering, sociology and computer science.

Key research areas

  • Information needs and information behaviours in relation to health care
  • Analysing health data using statistical models and data mining methods
  • Use of web-based health information by patients and the public
  • Information to support health and well-being in older people
  • Health librarianship and management of health information services
  • Evaluation of information systems within health care.


The work we undertake is of interest to a variety of different stake-holders, including government departments, health Trusts and charitable oganisations.