Exploring experiences of the illness, its care and achieving function following Guillain-Barré syndrome (GAIN)

PROJECT TITLE EXPLORING EXPERIENCES OF THE ILLNESS, ITS CARE AND ACHIEVING FUNCTION FOLLOWING GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME (GAIN)
Funding body Guillain-Barré and Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies (GAIN)
Total funding  £35,745
Team
  • Professor Niro Siriwardena, CaHRU
  • Victoria Ellie-Vowles, Lincoln International Business School (LIBS)
  • Dr Jennifer Jackson, LIBS
  • Dr Zahid Asghar, CaHRU
  • Prof Tim Hodgson, School of Psychology
  • Dr Joseph Akanuwe, CaHRU
  • Despina Laparidou, CaHRU
  • Dr Ffion Curtis, Lincoln Institute for Health
Team/consortium University of Lincoln:

  • CaHRU
  • Lincoln International Business School (LIBS)
  • School of Psychology
Overarching aim The overarching aim is to explore the experiences and return to function of people with Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
Objectives Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) is the commonest form of acute polyneuropathy with an incidence of 1-2/100,000 per year. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating poly(radiculo)neuropathy (CIDP) is a closely related condition, with a longer duration of onset, which affects 0.5-1 people per 100,000 per year. This project seeks to investigate patients’ experience of care, particularly focussing on the period following discharge from hospital and return to the community, from a physical, psychological and social perspective. To review patients’ experiences of GBS and CIDP at diagnosis, discharge and during recovery by conducting a systematic review and thematic metasynthesis of qualitative studies of patients’ experiences of GBS and CIDP.

  • To explore experiences particularly focussing on the period post-discharge from hospital and return to the community, of people living in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland who have had GBS and CIDP, from physical, psychological (cognitive and emotional) and social, including occupational (e.g., job stability and security, financial difficulties, reduced work capacity), perspectives using qualitative (individual or focus group) interviews to understand health and social care needs, facilitators and barriers to recovery and return to function.
  • To develop, validate and administer a questionnaire survey to elicit the range of experiences, health and social care needs, and facilitators and barriers to recovery and return to function of people with GBS and CIDP resident in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
  • To integrate and report on findings from 1-3 above and to report on these.
Methods We will use a mixed methods sequential design with the following component work streams:

  • Systematic review and qualitative metasynthesis;
  • Qualitative individual and group interview study;
  • Self-administered postal/online survey of people with GBS and CIDP;
  • Integration and synthesis of data from 1-3 to produce a report to inform recommendations for support..
Outcomes Our study will help GAIN and others to understand how to support the return to function of people with Guillain-Barré Syndrome and Chronic inflammatory demyelinating poly(radiculo)neuropathy (CIDP) .
Outputs Peer reviewed research, conference presentations, web page, blogs and patient/public information.
Impact The research is designed to support GAIN’s aim of providing support and advice to meet the needs of people with GBS. The validated survey instrument developed will be designed to facilitate repeated surveys of people with GBS and CIPD in future years.

 

 

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