Sarah Hoare is a sociologist working on the co-design study phase of PrimaryBreathe. The PrimaryBreathe programme is developing and testing a brief remote primary care intervention for chronic breathlessness, and the co-design study phase brings together patients, carers, and clinicians to develop an acceptable trial-ready version of the intervention.
Sarah joins the team from THIS Institute (The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute), where she delivered qualitative work on patient and clinician experiences of taking part in SAFER, a large national trial of atrial fibrillation screening. Sarah is returning to the Palliative & End of Life Care Group, where she completed postdoctoral work exploring innovative ways of delivering palliative and end of life care, and previously undertook her PhD sociologically exploring hospital admissions for patients close to the end of life. Sarah also has an MPhil in Research Methods from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Politics and Sociology from the University of Exeter.
Sarah’s research interests are in sociologically exploring how patients and clinicians understand the healthcare they receive and deliver, and in the differences between how healthcare is provided in practice and how it is described in policy. Her work to date has focused on end-of-life hospital admissions, how palliative care in the community is delivered, screening in older age and most recently how patients can best be supported to manage breathlessness.
Sarah is a Fellow at Hughes Hall. She also teaches on the department’s MPhil in Population Health Sciences and co-organises the Medicine, Health & Illness stream of the British Sociological Association annual conference.