Dr Sarah Barnes
BA(hons), PgDip, PhD
School of Health and Related Research
Public Health Section Director
Senior Lecturer in Public Health
+44 114 222 0727
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School of Health and Related Research
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
I joined the University of Sheffield in 2000 as a Research Associate in Sheffield Institute for Studies in Ageing (SISA). Here I worked on the multi-disciplinary EPSRC-funded project Design in Caring Environments (DICE), a study of quality of life and building design in residential and nursing care homes for older people. Following on from this I successfully managed a three year, multi-method, longitudinal study identifying the need for end of life care among older people with heart failure and their families, funded by the Department of Health.
In January 2007 I joined ScHARR and am currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Public Health where I have retained my commitment to interdisciplinary/cross departmental research collaboration.
In September 2018 I took on the role of Section Director for Public Health, ScHARR.
- Research interests
My primary research interest is in 'improving the quality of life of older people'. Key research areas arising from this are:-
- The impact of the physical environment on the quality of life of older people
- Evaluating the housing needs of older people
- Improving hospital environments for the end of life care of older people
- Assessing the palliative care needs of older people with life-limiting illnesses
- Improving communication between patients with life-limiting conditions and their health care professionals
- Roche Products Limited: Patient perspectives in geographic atrophy (GA), Carlton J, Barnes S, Haywood A. £38,500. May to December 2017.
- Sheffield Wildlife Trust: Evaluation of Wild at Heart, Barnes S and Jordan H, £14,000, May 2015 -December 2016.
- EPSRC; ESRC; AHRC: Design for Well-being programme. How better design can facilitate mobility, connectivity and well-being for older people. A participatory approach to design research. Wigglesworth S, Barnes S, Tait M, Crookes L. £642,082. October 2013 to October 2016.
- NIHR Physical Environment Research Programme. Built environment in acute care for older people. Parker S G (PI), Barnes S, Nolan M, Booth A, Deardon A. £274,440. February 2011 - March 2013.
- BUPA Foundation: Phillip Poole-Wilson Seed Corn fund. Pre-protocol work to develop a Randomised Control Trial to enhance patient-professional communication about end of life issues in life limiting conditions other than cancer. Barnes S (PI), Gott M, Payne S, Gardiner C, Small N, Seamark D, Halpin D. £19923. February 2010 - February 2011.
- Supportive and Primary Care Oncology Research Group (SPORG). Improving hospital environments for the end of life care of older people dying of malignant disease. Gardiner C (PI), Barnes S, Ingleton C, Gott M. £3960. January 2010 - December 2010.
- Dunhill Medical Trust. A pilot study to explore the palliative care needs of older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Gott M (PI), Barnes S, Payne S, Small N, Seamark D, Halpin D, Ruse C. £56890. January 2008 - January 2009.
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Design evaluation of older people's extra care housing: development and testing of as assessment tool (EVOLVE). Torrington J (PI), McKee K, Barnes S, Netten A, Darton R. £658000. October 2007 - October 2010
This person does not have any publications available.
- Informal carers' experiences of caring for a person with heart failure in a community setting. Health and Social Care in the Community. View this article in WRRO
- Patient perspectives in geographic atrophy (GA) : exploratory qualitative research to understand the impact of GA for patients and their families. British and Irish Orthoptic Journal, 15(1), 133-141. View this article in WRRO
- Does the Design of Settings Where Acute Care Is Delivered Meet the Needs of Older People? Perspectives of Patients, Family Carers, and Staff. Health Environments Research and Design Journal (HERD). View this article in WRRO
- Capturing the carer's experience: a researcher's reflections.. Nurse Researcher, 23(5), 31-35. View this article in WRRO
- The impact of volunteer befriending services for older people at the end of life: Mechanisms supporting wellbeing. Progress in Palliative Care, 24(3), 159-164. View this article in WRRO
- Providing lifestyle advice to people with type 2 diabetes from different cultures: A qualitative investigation. Diabetes and Primary Care, 18(6), 283-287.
- View this article in WRRO Does the design of hospitals meet the needs of older people? An evaluation of three acute-care settings. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 33(2), 91-104.
- Food provision for older people receiving home care from the perspectives of home-care workers.. Health Soc Care Community, 22(5), 553-560. View this article in WRRO
- Tools to measure quality of life and carer burden in informal carers of heart failure patients: A narrative review. PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, 27(7), 596-607.
- Exploring the mealtime experience in residential care settings for older people: an observational study.. Health Soc Care Community, 21(4), 442-450.
- The relationship between building design and residents’ quality of life in extra care housing schemes. Health & Place, 21, 52-64.
- "You get old, you get breathless, and you die": chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Barnsley, UK.. Health & place, 18(6), 1396-1403.
- "You get old, you get breathless, and you die": Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Barnsley, UK.. Health and Place.
- Enhancing patient-professional communication about end-of-life issues in life-limiting conditions: a critical review of the literature.. J Pain Symptom Manage, 44(6), 866-879.
- Does the design of extra-care housing meet the needs of the residents? A focus group study. Ageing and Society, 32(7), 1193-1214.
- The hospital environment for end of life care of older adults and their families: an integrative review.. J Adv Nurs, 68(5), 981-993.
- Exploring health professionals' views regarding the optimum physical environment for palliative and end of life care in the acute hospital setting: a qualitative study.. BMJ Support Palliat Care, 1(2), 162-166.
- Older people with heart failure and general practitioners: temporal reference frameworks and implications for practice.. Health Soc Care Community, 19(4), 412-419.
- Using a prediction of death in the next 12 months as a prompt for referral to palliative care acts to the detriment of patients with heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.. Palliat Med, 24(7), 740-741.
- Reconciling informed consent and 'do no harm': ethical challenges in palliative-care research and practice in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.. Palliat Med, 24(5), 469-472.
- Exploring the care needs of patients with advanced COPD: an overview of the literature.. Respir Med, 104(2), 159-165.
- EVOLVE: A tool for evaluating the design of older people's housing. Housing, Care and Support, 13(3), 36-41.
- The effect of the Shipman murders on clinician attitudes to prescribing opiates for dyspnoea in end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in England. Progress in Palliative Care, 18(2), 79-84.
- Living with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: patients concerns regarding death and dying.. Palliat Med, 23(8), 691-697.
- Barriers to advance care planning in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.. Palliat Med, 23(7), 642-648.
- Dying, death and bereavement: A qualitative study of the views of carers of people with heart failure in the UK. BMC Palliative Care, 8. View this article in WRRO
- Older people's views of a good death in heart failure: implications for palliative care provision.. Soc Sci Med, 67(7), 1113-1121.
- Predicting mortality among a general practice-based sample of older people with heart failure.. Chronic Illn, 4(1), 5-12.
- Patient views of social service provision for older people with advanced heart failure.. Health Soc Care Community, 15(4), 333-342.
- Dying trajectories in heart failure.. Palliat Med, 21(2), 95-99.
- Communication in heart failure: perspectives from older people and primary care professionals.. Health Soc Care Community, 14(6), 482-490.
- Space, choice and control, and quality of life in care settings for older people. ENVIRON BEHAV, 38(5), 589-604.
- Prevalence of symptoms in a community-based sample of heart failure patients.. J Pain Symptom Manage, 32(3), 208-216.
- Characteristics and views of family carers of older people with heart failure.. Int J Palliat Nurs, 12(8), 380-389.
- Predictors of the quality of life of older people with heart failure recruited from primary care.. Age Ageing, 35(2), 172-177.
- Recruiting older people into a large, community-based study of heart failure.. Chronic Illn, 1(4), 321-329.
- Quality of life and building design in residential and nursing homes for older people. AGEING SOC, 24, 941-962. View this article in WRRO
- Supporting successful ageing in residential homes - The role of the physical environment. Psychology and Health, 19(SUPPL. 1), 111-112.
- The influence of building design on the quality of life of older people. Architectural Science Review, 47(2), 193-197.
- The design of caring environments and the quality of life of older people. AGEING SOC, 22, 775-789. View this article in WRRO
- Methods for assessing quality of life and well-being in frail older people. PSYCHOL HEALTH, 17(6), 737-751.
- An analysis of different methods for assessing quality of life in older people.. INT J PSYCHOL, 35(3-4), 122-122.
- View this article in WRRO Providing lifestyle advice to patients with type 2 diabetes: A qualitative investigation of the experiences of International Medical Graduates and their patients. Diabetes and Primary Care.
- International Handbook of Positive Aging Routledge
Conference proceedings papers
- View this article in WRRO What changes do patients report after strabismus surgery for planned psychosocial benefit?. Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Vol. 60(9). Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 28 April 2019 - 2 May 2019.
- P40 Wild at Heart: A mixed method evaluation of a wildlife-related intervention for older people. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, Vol. 70(Suppl 1) (pp A71-A71), 14 September 2016 - 16 September 2016. View this article in WRRO
- Discussing Prognosis in COPD: Findings from a Qualitative Study with Clinicians in the UK. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE, Vol. 179
- Research group
Current PhD Students
- Sarah Alasamri: Bridging the gap between a mother’s need to breastfeed and institutional policies: A mixed methods study exploring factors Influencing breastfeeding (started May 2019)
- Rami Cosulich, Wellcome Trust: Unmet needs among the older people in England: determinants and effects (started October 2020)
- Sin Rou Fu: The role of smell in the natural world: Exploring the impact of natural smells on wellbeing among older people (started October 2020)
- Neslihan Tunc: Dietary pattern, social support and health related quality of life (started October 2022)
- Emine Akbayrak: How the experience of the environment (rural, urban place or nursing home) affects older adults current cognitive functions (started October 2022)
Previous PhD students
- Gemma Arblaster: Investigating the outcomes of adult strabismus surgery undertaken for psychosocial reasons (completed December 2021)
- Bruce Moore: Preferences, positions and priorities of residents of extra care and retirement housing (completed March 2021)
- Eiman Alkhezi: Perceptions of physical activity among Kuwaiti older people (completed March 2019)
- Katharine Whittingham: The effect of a Carer Support Plan on reducing burden in carers of heart failure patients (completed July 2018)
- Ameerah Qattan: The Effect of Work-Related Stress and Burnout on Nursing Performance and Job Satisfaction: A Study of Saudi Arabia Hospitals (completed April 2018)
- Noura Abouammoh: Understanding the role of expatriate health care providers in caring for type 2 diabetes patients in Saudi Arabia (completed April 2015)
- Teaching interests
I gained my Certificate in Learning and Teaching (CiLT) in 2009. I am a Module Leader for Dissertations and since working as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Public Health I have also led modules in Research Methods, Health Needs Assessment and International Health Policy.
I also contribute to the public health components of the Undergraduate Medical Degree (MBChB) and supervise several MPH dissertations each year.
I am interested in supervising PhD Students using qualitative and mixed methods approaches and am particularly interested in aspects of environmental gerontology and palliative care.
- Professional activities
- School Dissertation Co-ordinator (2017-)
- Lead for ScHARR's Health and Environment research theme (2013-)
- ScHARR Postgraduate Admissions Officer (2012-2015)
- Member of the Research for Patient Benefits (RfPB) Advisory Committee (2015-)
- Member of the British Society of Gerontoloty (2012-)
- Academic reviewer for a wide range of journals and funding bodies