Sarah has experience of conducting and managing research studies in a variety of health-related areas:
The primary aim of the Colour COPD Trial is to determine whether a sputum colour chart can improve the way patients self-manage their COPD exacerbations, such that use of the colour chart is non-inferior to usual care with respect to hospital admissions. This Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) includes 12 secondary outcome measures, a pilot phase embedded within the main trial, an economic evaluation and a process evaluation. The Trial aims to recruit 2954 patients with COPD from around 80 GP practices predominantly from the Birmingham and Greater Manchester areas and will run until November 2023.
Sarah worked as a Research Associate on the REtirement in ACTion (REACT) study- an RCT and economic evaluation of a community-based physical activity intervention to prevent mobility-related disability for retired older adults. The study recruited 777 men and women aged 65 or above with declining physical function across three sites (Birmingham, Exeter and Bath/Bristol). This study involved working closely with many third sector organisations and charities across the West Midlands Region.
The Community-based diabetes prevention study was a randomised, waiting list controlled trial of a voluntary sector-led diabetes prevention programme. The study evaluated the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the “Living Well, Taking Control” (LWTC) programme and recruited 315 Primary Care patients across Birmingham and Devon. Sarah was the Research Fellow on this study and worked closely with the health charity who delivered the LWTC programme.
This study investigated the effectiveness of daily self-weighing on weight loss in obese primary care patients. Sarah worked as a weight management advisor on this study.
This RCT explored the effectiveness of Primary Care patients preloading with water before main meals to help with weight loss. Sarah worked as a weight management advisor on this study.
Sarah worked as a researcher on this study which investigated the effectiveness of daily self-weighing as an intervention for maintaining successful (5%) weight loss after attending a commercial weight loss programme.
Sarah delivered the physical activity intervention on this RCT which explored the effectiveness of exercise as a treatment for vasomotor (hot flushes and night sweats) menopausal symptoms. Sarah’s role involved facilitating physical activity by equipping women with the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage in regular physical activity.
The Physical Activity for Mums Promoting Exercise and Recovery Study explored the effectiveness of exercise as a treatment for postnatal depression. Sarah’s role involved supporting mum’s to be physically activity through home visits, telephone support calls and written materials.
Sarah was also involved in data collection for the Preventing Obesity in Pregnancy Study (POPS) and the Lighten Up Study.