Sarah Abdi

Sarah Abdi
Visiting Research Fellow
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UCLIC, University College London
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United Kingdom

Brief biography

Sarah Abdi is a Research Fellow at the UCL Interaction Centre. She is currently working on the HERMES project with Prof Ann Blandford and Dr Konstantinos Balaskas. In this project she will use a Human-Computer Interaction approach to assess patient and healthcare professional acceptability as well as the barriers and enablers for the adoption of two innovative digital technologies (Tele-ophthalmology and the Moorfields-DeepMind AI) in the context of referral pathways between community optometry and secondary healthcare.

Sarah completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Prof Mark Hawley and Prof Luc de Witte. In her PhD, she investigated the potential of emerging digital technologies to meet the health and social care needs of older people living at home with long-term conditions.

Sarah is an Interdisciplinary Researcher and Dietitian who combines more than 14 years of experience in healthcare and research to guide the development of new and innovative approaches to complex problems. In her research career, Sarah worked on a range of studies including user-centred design studies, evidence syntheses, qualitative research, and mixed methods research. As a dietitian, Sarah worked closely with patients with long-term conditions to develop individualised dietary plans. She was also involved in designing, developing and delivering group behavioural lifestyle interventions to patients with diabetes and obesity.

Research Publications

A Spann, J Vicente, Sarah Abdi, M Hawley, M Spreeuwenberg, Witte L de Benefits and barriers of technologies supporting working carers-A scoping review 2021 HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY, Journal article
Sarah Abdi, LD Witte, M Hawley Exploring the Potential of Emerging Technologies to Meet the Care and Support Needs of Older People: A Delphi Survey 2021 Geriatrics, Journal article
Sarah Abdi, Witte L de, M Hawley Emerging Technologies With Potential Care and Support Applications for Older People: Review of Gray Literature 2020 JMIR Aging, Journal article
Sarah Abdi, A Spann, J Borilovic, Witte L de, M Hawley Understanding the care and support needs of older people: a scoping review and categorisation using the WHO international classification of functioning, disability and health framework (ICF) 2019 BMC Geriatrics, Journal article
Sarah Abdi, A Wadugodapitiya, S Bedaf, CE George, G Norman, M Hawley, Witte L de Identification of priority health conditions for field-based screening in urban slums in Bangalore, India 2018 BMC Public Health, Journal article
T Alessa, Sarah Abdi, MS Hawley, Witte L de Mobile Apps to Support the Self-Management of Hypertension: Systematic Review of Effectiveness, Usability, and User Satisfaction. 2018 JMIR mHealth and uHealth, Journal article
A Sadiya, Sarah Abdi, S Abusnana Lifestyle Intervention for Weight Loss: a group-based program for Emiratis in Ajman, United Arab Emirates 2016 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, Journal article
S Abusnana, Sarah Abdi, B Tagure, M Elbagir, A Maleckas Bariatric surgery outcomes: a single-center study in the United Arab Emirates 2015 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, Journal article
Sarah Abdi, A Sadiya, S Ali, S Varghese, S Abusnana Behavioural Lifestyle Intervention Study (BLIS) in patients with type 2 diabetes in the United Arab Emirates: A randomized controlled trial 2015 BMC Nutrition, Journal article