POSITIF: Post-Stroke Intervention Trial in Fatigue. A Randomised Multicentre Trial of a Brief Cognitive-behavioural Intervention plus Information Alone for the Treatment of Post-Stroke Fatigue

POSITIF: Post-Stroke Intervention Trial in Fatigue. A Randomised Multicentre Trial of a Brief Cognitive-behavioural Intervention plus Information Alone for the Treatment of Post-Stroke Fatigue

Type: Stroke

Grant holder: Professor Gillian Mead, et al., Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Amount Awarded: £89,296 over two years six months

Year: 2016 - Ongoing

Tiredness is common for people after a stroke.  It stops people doing things they enjoy.  The researchers have developed a ‘talking therapy’ – six meetings with a psychologist with two weeks between each meeting.  The aim is to help stroke survivors with fatigue to sleep better, be more active and feel less tired.  The researchers have tested this in 12 stroke survivors with good results.  They now want to do a trial with stroke nurses delivering the ‘talking therapy’.  If the therapy is doable, they will apply for funding for a larger trial.  This will tell them for certain whether the therapy works.