If you'd like to get involved in brain injury research with groups based on Imperial College London, please see below for 2 new opportunities!
The traumatic brain injury research group at Imperial College London are looking for volunteers who have had a traumatic brain injury to help them test out some new online tests. These computerised tests are part of a pilot project designed to look at thinking abilities after TBI.
Volunteers will be asked to complete 5 sessions of tests online so that the research team can ensure that all of the tests are working well before they are rolled out to a number of hospitals in London. If you would be interested in helping the team or finding out more, please email Amy Jolly at amy.jolly1[at]nhs.net who will be able to answer any further questions.
This research study looking into dizziness after traumatic brain injury (TBI) is looking for patient members to join its steering group. Please contact Rebecca Smith (rebecca.smith[at]imperial.ac.uk) for more information or if you're interested.
To give you a bit more information:
- We’re looking for 2 members if possible to be part of the steering group
- Members of the group will receive appropriate training
- The group would aim to meet every 6 months to provide input to the protocol and to monitor the progress of the trial
- There are funds to reimburse members for their travel and time
- There is some information below about the study – although the full protocol hasn’t yet been confirmed
WHY DIZZINESS IN TBI?
Dizziness in head injury is a common problem – one which is not always well managed. We are hoping to improve dizziness care in the acute stage of head injury (i.e. whilst patients are still in hospital). We hope this will mean less patients have less problematic symptoms in the long term and can return to work and their daily life more quickly.
One form of dizziness - Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is very common in head injury patients. In fact our recent work shows approximately 50% of head injury patients have this type of dizziness whilst they are in hospital. It can be easily diagnosed and treated at the bedside without specialist equipment. However, some of our new research has shown many patients with BPPV do not complain of dizziness. This means many patients do not receive appropriate treatment and return home predisposed to long term dizziness and high risk of falls. Our recent work has also shown staff working on the major trauma ward at St Mary's Hospital are not able to diagnose or treat BPPV.
WHAT WILL THE TRIAL INVESTIGATE?
Staff working on the ward will firstly be taught to diagnose and treat BPPV. Patients recruited to the trial will be randomised to 3 different groups (manoeuvres provided by a therapist; patient led exercises and usual care [advice]). A variety of outcome measures will be recorded. Patients will be invited to return at 4 weeks and 12 weeks for follow up.
WHAT WILL THIS INVOLVE?
You will be asked to attend (either in person or remotely) meetings at 6 monthly intervals during the trial