Dr Sharon McCann

Dr Sharon McCann
Dr Sharon McCann
Dr Sharon McCann

MA(Hons); MSc;PhD

Advanced Research Fellow

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+44 (0)1224 438154
Office Address

Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, Health Sciences Building, Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition


I am a qualitative social science researcher, with a particular interest in the design and delivery of person centred trials.   I rejoined HSRU in May 2021 following a career break, having previously spent 15 years in the Unit working across a broad range of qualitative and mixed methods projects linked to trials. 

I currently lead the mixed-methods process evaluations in many of our trials to improve both the experience for potential participants and the overall efficiency of the trial. Work in this area is ongoing across the portfolio of CHaRT trials. 


  • PhD Patients' perspectives on participation in clinical trials 
    2007 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MSc Health Services & Public Health Research 
    1997 - University of Aberdeen 
  • MA (Hons) Sociology & Social Policy 
    1996 - University of Glasgow 

Internal Memberships

Member of HSRU Public Engagement Group.


Research Overview

Expertise in qualitative methodology. Particular interest in using qualitative methods to improve understanding and experiences of patients, families and healthcare staff. 

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Health Studies
  • Health and Social Care

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  • Learning from healthcare professionals' experiences of using remote consulting for 'Care and Support Planning' during COVID-19 (CASPER project).
  • Multimorbidity and Pregnancy: Determinants, Clusters, Consequences & Trajectories (Mum-PreDiCT: MRC)

Past Research

  • Health Care Improvement study:  To explore the systems, organisational and patient barriers and facilitators to quality improvement in primary dental care ( Chief Scientist Office)
  • An ethnographic study of group decision-making and member roles to understand and improve how Trial Steering Committees and Trial Management Groups contribute to trial conduct (MRC Network of Hubs FOR Trials Methodology Research).
  • Understanding the Dynamics of Organisational Culture Change in the NHS: Creating Safe Places For Patients and Staff (NHS  Service Delivery and Organisation R&D programme).
  • MRC platform study aimed at developing the intervention and outcome components of a proposed randomised controlled trial of a national screening programme for open angle glaucoma (MRC)
  • CSO Training Fellowship:  Patients’ perspectives on participation in randomised controlled trials (PhD)
  • Issues in data monitoring and interim analysis of trials: the DAMOCLES project (HTA R&D)
  • The REFLUX trial -Randomised trial evaluating laparoscopic surgery in adults with gastro- oesophageal reflux disease (HTA)
  • Support groups for men who have prostate cancer, their families and friends: identifying best practice models (Prostate Cancer UK)



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