published on 13 July 2017
Two local NHS Foundation Trusts are calling on local people to participate in a clinical trial which will look into treatment for insomnia for those with Alzheimer's disease.
Mental health provider, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys (TEWV) NHS Foundation Trust and South Tees, NHS Foundation Trust are working in partnership between now and September on a clinical research study to assess the impact of a new medical treatment for those living with both Alzheimer's disease and insomnia.
Dr Tolu Olusoga, who is leading the study on behalf of TEWV said: "Medical treatments and care are constantly evolving and research plays a key role in medical advancements. We want to constantly strive to provide the best possible care and treatment for our service users and taking part in important research studies like this help us do just that.
"However, we can't do it alone. Patient involvement is key in helping us to understand the impact of potential treatments on illnesses and this is why we are calling for people to help us with this research study. If you have a mild to moderate diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and insomnia and are aged between 50 and 90 we would love to hear from you."
Participants will be involved in the study for nine weeks, including a three week screening period for eligibility, a four week treatment period and two weeks of post treatment follow-up and must have a study partner who will support and accompany them to appointments.
Anyone chosen to take part will wear a watch-like device for the duration of the study, which will monitor their activity and sleep. Information from the device will be uploaded to a tablet and will be assessed by the study team. The study will include appointments at Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough, as well as three overnight stays in the sleep laboratory at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.
If you are under the care of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust or South Tees NHS Foundation Trust and interested in taking part or finding out more please contact the study co-ordinator Carol Long on 01642 283501.