Effectiveness of Interventions For Fatigue in Long term conditions (EIFFEL)

The overall aim of this work is to answer the research question “what is the effectiveness, cost effectiveness and acceptability of non-pharmacological interventions to manage fatigue in people with long-term medical conditions?"

Aim of the study

Persistent fatigue is common in long term medical conditions, particularly when multiple conditions are present. People with medical conditions describe their fatigue as “more than ordinary tiredness” with impacts that go beyond the symptom itself.

The overall aim of this work is to answer the research question “What is the effectiveness, cost effectiveness and acceptability of non-pharmacological interventions to manage fatigue in people with long-term medical conditions?

The research will bring together information from all the existing research trials of non-drug treatment to work out which ones are most effective. To ensure that the work meets the needs of patients, the research team want to hear patients’ views before they start and then after they have done the work.

Study type

Evidence synthesis.

Who is able to participate?

Patients living with long term kidney disease suffering from fatigue.

Where is the study happening?

Sheffield

Open and close dates of recruitment

Now until the end of February 2024

How do I get involved

Contact Kate Fryer: 0114 222 0678 or email [email protected]

Summary

Researchers at the University of Sheffield are carrying out a study into non-drug treatments for fatigue in long term medical conditions including kidney disease.

The research will bring together information from all the existing research trials of non-drug treatment to work out which ones are most effective. To ensure that the work meets the needs of patients, the research team want to hear patients’ views before they start and then after they have done the work.

To do this they are organising focus groups where 6-8 people meet and share their views on the problem. The focus groups will either be in person, in Sheffield or they will be online using Google Meet (which is similar to Zoom and can run on a computer, tablet or smartphone.)

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Kate Fryer 0114 222 067b or contact the study team direct at [email protected]

Has this study received ethical approval? Please provide REC number.

Yes. IRAS project ID: 328637. REC reference: 23/SC/0292 Sponsor: University of Sheffield.

Lead investigators

Professor Chris Burton, Professor of Primary Medical Care, Academic Unit of Medical Education, The University of Sheffield.

Who is funding the study?

NIHR Ref No. 154660.