• A multi-layer network approach to MEG connectivity analysis

      Liddle, Elizabeth B.; Liddle, Peter F. (2016)
      Recent years have shown the critical importance of inter-regional neural network connectivity in supporting healthy brain function. Such connectivity is measurable using neuroimaging techniques such as MEG, however the richness of the electrophysiological signal makes gaining a complete picture challenging. Specifically, connectivity can be calculated as statistical interdependencies between neural oscillations within a large range of different frequency bands. Further, connectivity can be computed between frequency bands. This pan-spectral network hierarchy likely helps to mediate simultaneous formation of multiple brain networks, which support ongoing task demand. However, to date it has been largely overlooked, with many electrophysiological functional connectivity studies treating individual frequency bands in isolation. Here, we combine oscillatory envelope based functional connectivity metrics with a multi-layer network framework in order to derive a more complete picture of connectivity within and between frequencies. We test this methodology using MEG data recorded during a visuomotor task, highlighting simultaneous and transient formation of motor networks in the beta band, visual networks in the gamma band and a beta to gamma interaction. Having tested our method, we use it to demonstrate differences in occipital alpha band connectivity in patients with schizophrenia compared to healthy controls. We further show that these connectivity differences are predictive of the severity of persistent symptoms of the disease, highlighting their clinical relevance. Our findings demonstrate the unique potential of MEG to characterise neural network formation and dissolution. Further, we add weight to the argument that dysconnectivity is a core feature of the neuropathology underlying schizophrenia. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    • Acceptance-based telephone support around the time of transition to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis: A feasibility randomised controlled trial

      das Nair, Roshan (2021)
      Introduction: Transitioning to secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) is a difficult time for people, fraught with uncertainty and an increase in physical disability. In parallel, healthcare appointments become less frequent, most disease modifying treatments are withdrawn, and social contacts typically become more difficult to maintain. The aim of this study was to assess whether providing a brief, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)–based telephone support intervention during transition to SPMS is feasible, effective and valued by participants. Method: A single centre, mixed-methods, two-arm feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT), comparing (i) ACT-based support + treatment as usual to (ii) treatment as usual only, was conducted for those who had transitioned to SPMS. Feasibility, signal of efficacy and acceptability were assessed in both groups by self-report measures at 3 timepoints (baseline, 8 weeks, 12 weeks), and feedback interviews analysed using framework analysis following the completion of the study. Results: The recruitment strategy was not feasible: 14 of 40 were recruited (35%) during the four-month time period (Mage = 53, 10 women). The data collection procedures and trial processes were feasible and acceptable to participants, reflected through all measures being completed, no attrition, and positive participant interview feedback. The intervention did not demonstrate a signal of efficacy between baseline and 8-week or 12-week follow up on measures, but wide confidence intervals preclude drawing strong conclusions. Positive interview feedback suggested outcomes not being captured through self-report measures. Discussion: Due to an unsuccessful recruitment strategy and mixed evidence of efficacy, certain adjustments should be made to the intervention and methodology before progressing to a definitive trial. A more efficient recruitment strategy, or longer recruitment period is needed to recruit a large enough sample. Adaptations to the ACT intervention may be needed to ensure that it targets psychological flexibility, which could include changing the workbook or session delivery based on interview feedback, however the small sample size means we should interpret the efficacy findings with caution. © 2021
    • Addressing the inverse care law: The role of community paediatric services

      Beeley, Chris (2014)
      Background: Children's health suffers disproportionately from the effects of poverty. The inverse care law states that those who need care the most are the least likely to receive it. Community paediatricians are well placed to address health inequalities in children. Aims: To explore, using routinely collected data, whether we address health inequalities and the inverse care law, particularly for certain conditions targeted by our specialty. Methods: Five years of data were analysed, during which health equity audits have led to service changes in order to tackle inequities. The data include postcodes, allowing each child to be assigned to a deprivation quintile, and a range of diagnoses, including five sentinel conditions: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on medication, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), epilepsy, cerebral palsy and Down's syndrome. This allowed analysis of the caseload by deprivation index for these conditions, comparison with the background population and exploration of time trends. Results: The number of children on the caseload and their distribution across the quintiles remained stable. The proportion of deprived children (i.e. in the lowest two quintiles) on the caseload over the last five years taken together is 56%, compared to 44% in the background population. The numbers of children with ADHD on medication has almost quadrupled in deprived quintiles and doubled in the least deprived quintile, while the numbers of children with this diagnosis in the most deprived is four times that in the least deprived. Numbers of children with ASD have also increased in each quintile. In contrast, the number of children with epilepsy and cerebral palsy did not show much variation, but those from deprived quintiles made up a greater proportion of the caseload. Conclusions: Routine data collection demonstrates that inequalities are addressed using all four quality domains of service provision and sentinel conditions more likely to affect deprived children are targeted. We believe it is possible for all services to collect and analyse data thus with minimal effort, thereby providing a foundation from which to address the inverse care law.
    • Altered temporal stability in dynamic neural networks underlies connectivity changes in neurodevelopment

      Groom, Madeleine J.; Smith, Helen J. F.; Liddle, Peter F.; Liddle, Elizabeth B. (2018)
      Network connectivity is an integral feature of human brain function, and characterising its maturational trajectory is a critical step towards understanding healthy and atypical neurodevelopment. Here, we used magnetoencephalography (MEG) to investigate both stationary (i.e. time averaged) and rapidly modulating (dynamic) electrophysiological connectivity, in participants aged from mid-childhood to early adulthood (youngest participant 9 years old; oldest participant 25 years old). Stationary functional connectivity (measured via inter-regional coordination of neural oscillations) increased with age in the alpha and beta frequency bands, particularly in bilateral parietal and temporo-parietal connections. Our dynamic analysis (also applied to alpha/beta oscillations) revealed the spatiotemporal signatures of 8 dynamic networks; these modulate on a approximately 100ms time scale, and temporal stability in attentional networks was found to increase with age. Significant overlap was found between age-modulated dynamic networks and inter-regional oscillatory coordination, implying that altered network dynamics underlie age related changes in functional connectivity. Our results provide novel insights into brain network electrophysiology, and lay a foundation for future work in childhood disorders.
    • Analysis of shared heritability in common disorders of the brain

      Jamnadas-Khoda, Jennifer (2018)
      Disorders of the brain can exhibit considerable epidemiological comorbidity and often share symptoms, provoking debate about their etiologic overlap. We quantified the genetic sharing of 25 brain disorders from genome-wide association studies of 265,218 patients and 784,643 control participants and assessed their relationship to 17 phenotypes from 1,191,588 individuals. Psychiatric disorders share common variant risk, whereas neurological disorders appear more distinct from one another and from the psychiatric disorders. We also identified significant sharing between disorders and a number of brain phenotypes, including cognitive measures. Further, we conducted simulations to explore how statistical power, diagnostic misclassification, and phenotypic heterogeneity affect genetic correlations. These results highlight the importance of common genetic variation as a risk factor for brain disorders and the value of heritability-based methods in understanding their etiology.
    • Antidepressant use and risk of epilepsy and seizures in people aged 20 to 64 years: Cohort study using a primary care database

      Morriss, Richard K. (2015)
      BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a serious condition which can profoundly affect an individual's life. While there is some evidence to suggest an association between antidepressant use and epilepsy and seizures it is conflicting and not conclusive. Antidepressant prescribing is rising in the UK so it is important to quantify absolute risks with individual antidepressants to enable shared decision making with patients. In this study we assess and quantify the association between antidepressant treatment and the risk of epilepsy and seizures in a large cohort of patients diagnosed with depression aged between 20 and 64 years. METHODS: Data on 238,963 patients with a diagnosis of depression aged 20 to 64 from 687 UK practices were extracted from the QResearch primary care database. We used Cox's proportional hazards to analyse the time to the first recorded diagnosis of epilepsy/seizures, excluding patients with a prior history and estimated hazard ratios for antidepressant exposure adjusting for potential confounding variables. RESULTS: In the first 5 years of follow-up, 878 (0.37 %) patients had a first diagnosis of epilepsy/seizures with the hazard ratio (HR) significantly increased (P<0.01) for all antidepressant drug classes and for 8 of the 11 most commonly prescribed drugs. The highest risks (in the first 5 years) compared with no treatment were for trazodone (HR 5.41, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 3.05 to 9.61, number needed to harm (NNH) 65), lofepramine (HR 3.09, 95 % CI 1.73 to 5.50, NNH 138), venlafaxine (HR 2.84, 95 % CI 1.97 to 4.08, NNH 156) and combined antidepressant treatment (HR 2.73, 95 % CI 1.52 to 4.91, NNH 166). CONCLUSIONS: Risk of epilepsy/seizures is significantly increased for all classes of antidepressant. There is a need for individual risk-benefit assessments in patients being considered for antidepressant treatment, especially those with ongoing mild depression or with additional risk factors. Residual confounding and indication bias may influence our results, so confirmation may be required from additional studies.
    • Anxiety and avoidance in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: The role of implicit and explicit anxiety

      Dimaro, Lian V. (2014)
      This study examined implicit and explicit anxiety in individuals with epilepsy and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNESs) and explored whether these constructs were related to experiential avoidance and seizure frequency. Based on recent psychological models of PNESs, it was hypothesized that nonepileptic seizures would be associated with implicit and explicit anxiety and experiential avoidance. Explicit anxiety was measured by the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory; implicit anxiety was measured by an Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure; and experiential avoidance was measured with the Multidimensional Experiential Avoidance Questionnaire. Although both groups with epilepsy and PNESs scored similarly on implicit measures of anxiety, significant implicit-explicit anxiety discrepancies were only identified in patients with PNESs (p<.001). In the group with PNESs (but not in the group with epilepsy), explicit anxiety correlated with experiential avoidance (r=.63, p<.01) and frequency of seizures (r=.67, p<.01); implicit anxiety correlated with frequency of seizures only (r=.56, p<.01). Our findings demonstrate the role of implicit anxiety in PNESs and provide additional support for the contribution of explicit anxiety and experiential avoidance to this disorder.; Crown Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    • Assessing mood in patients with multiple sclerosis

      Groom, Madeleine J.; Lincoln, Nadina B.; Francis, Valerie M.; Stephan, Talal F. (2003)
      Objective: To assess the validity and reliability of mood measures for use with people with multiple sclerosis (MS).; Design: Four mood measures designed for use with people with communication and cognitive problems were completed; two were completed with the patient at interview and two by hospital staff or carers of the patients. This procedure was repeated two weeks later to assess test-retest reliability.; Subjects: People with MS at a rehabilitation unit (n = 22) and living in the community (n = 27).; Main Outcome Measures: The Stroke Aphasic Depression Questionnaire (SADQ) and Signs of Depression Scale (SODS) were completed by rehabilitation unit staff or by carers of the patients. An assistant psychologist completed the Visual Analogue Self-Esteem Scale (VASES) and the Visual Analogue Mood Scales (VAMS) with each patient. The Guy's Neurological Disability Scale (GNDS) was administered to assess physical disability. Nonprofessional carers were asked to complete the General Health Questionnaire 12 (GHQ-12) about themselves.; Results: In both samples there were significant correlations between scores on the two self-report measures (VASES and VAMS) (r(s) = 0.51-0.79) and between scores on the two observational measures (SADQ and SODS) (r(s) = 0.62-0.81) but not between the observational and self-report measures. There was a significant correlation between the SODS and the carer GHQ (r(s) = 0.68, p < 0.01), indicating that carer mood influenced reporting of patients' mood. There was no significant influence of profession on the observational measures, indicating good inter-rater reliability. Test-retest reliability was high for patients in the community but not for patients in hospital.; Conclusions: In both the inpatient and community samples, the self-report and observational mood measures appeared to be measuring different aspects of patients' mood. Further investigation is needed to determine which of these is providing the most accurate information.;
    • Assessment and management of cognitive problems in people with multiple sclerosis: A national survey of clinical practice

      das Nair, Roshan (2018)
      BACKGROUND: People diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis often have cognitive problems. However, it is unclear how cognitive impairment is currently assessed and managed in the UK. AIMS: To understand current clinical practice of assessment and management of cognitive impairment in people with MS and to highlight any national variation. METHODS: A survey was posted to 150 MS centres and large hospitals and an online version was shared via e-mail and on social media. RESULTS: Responses were analysed from 109 healthcare professionals. Approximately 59% (n=64) reported they used cognitive assessment tools: the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) was the most widely used. Assessments were usually done by Occupational Therapists (55%; n=60) or Clinical Neuropsychologists and Psychologists (38%; n=41); 49% (n=53) of respondents developed and implemented a cognitive rehabilitation plan when the assessment indicated that patients had cognitive problems; 16% (n=17) indicated they would refer patients to specialist cognitive rehabilitation for symptom management; 3% (n=3) followed a manual when providing a cognitive rehabilitation programme. CONCLUSION: Clinical pathways for assessing and managing cognitive problems vary and are dependent on the individual expertise of health professionals, available resources and access to specialist services. Although healthcare professionals highlight the importance of assessment and management, cognitive rehabilitation programmes are not routinely offered in the UK. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    • Atypical white matter microstructure in left-handed individuals

      Iwabuchi, Sarina J. (2016)
      Information regarding anatomical connectivity in the human brain can be gathered using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Fractional anisotropy (FA) is the most commonly derived value, and reflects how strongly directional are the underlying tracts. Differences in FA are thus associated with differences in the underlying microstructure of the brain. The relationships between these differences in microstructure and functional differences in corresponding regions have also been examined. Previous studies have found an effect of handedness on functional lateralization in the brain and corresponding microstructural differences. Here, using tract-based spatial statistics to analyse DTI-derived FA values, we further investigated the structural white matter architecture in the brains of right- and left-handed males. We found significantly higher FA values for left-handed, relatively to right-handed, individuals, in all major lobes, and in the corpus callosum. In support of previous suggestions, we find that there is a difference in the microstructure of white matter in left- and right-handed males that could underpin reduced lateralization of function in left-handed individuals.
    • Auditory P300 event-related potential: Normative data in the Indian population

      Katshu, Mohammad Z. (2018)
      OBJECTIVE: To generate the normative data of auditory P300 event-related potential for various age groups in the Indian population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Auditory P300 event-related potentials, using the oddball paradigm, of healthy control participants in studies carried out at our institute were included to generate normative data in the age range of 10-50 years. The amplitude and latency of P300 for Fz, Cz, and Pz were selected for analysis. RESULTS: For P300 amplitude, overall multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was significant [Pillai's Trace F (9/453) = 3.46, P < 0.001]. Follow-up ANOVA showed significant difference across age groups at Fz, Cz, and Pz. For P300 latency, there was a trend towards significance for overall MANOVA [Pillai's Trace F (9/453) = 1.68, P = 0.09]. Follow-up ANOVA showed a trend towards significant difference across age groups at Fz only. CONCLUSION: Our study generated a P300 amplitude and frequency normative database at Fz, Cz, and Pz, which will serve as a reference for future studies attempting to define P300 abnormalities in various psychiatric disorders in Indian population.
    • Axonal degeneration and demyelination following traumatic spinal cord injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis

      Shokraneh, Farhad (2019)
      The pathophysiology of spinal cord injury (SCI) related processes of axonal degeneration and demyelination are poorly understood. The present systematic review and meta-analysis were performed such to establish quantitative results of animal studies regarding the role of injury severity, SCI models and level of injury on the pathophysiology of axon and myelin sheath degeneration. 39 related articles were included in the analysis. The compiled data showed that the total number of axons, number of myelinated axons, myelin sheath thickness, axonal conduction velocity, and internode length steadily decreased as time elapsed from the injury (P<sub>for trend</sub>&lt;0.0001). The rate of axonal retrograde degeneration was affected by SCI model and severity of the injury. Axonal degeneration was higher in injuries of the thoracic region. The SCI model and the site of the injury also affected axonal retrograde degeneration. The number of myelinated axons in the caudal region of the injury was significantly higher than the lesion site and the rostral region. The findings of the present meta-analysis show that the pathophysiology of axons and myelin sheath differ in various phases of SCI and are affected by multiple factors related to the injury.<br/>Copyright &#xa9; 2019 Elsevier B.V.
    • Barriers and motivators for tobacco smoking cessation in people with multiple sclerosis

      das Nair, Roshan (2021)
      INTRODUCTIONSmoking is a key modifiable risk factor for health outcomes of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Little evidence exists on whether the information and support needs of people with MS who smoke are met. This study aimed to explore knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about smoking and quitting, and quitting support needs in Australian people with MS.METHODSCurrent and recent smokers were recruited for phone interviews through social media and newsletters. Interview data were analysed in NVivo using framework analysis.RESULTSWe interviewed 25 people with MS (20 current and five recent smokers). Many participants had little knowledge about the risks of smoking on MS progression. Some reported perceived benefits from smoking on MS symptoms, while others perceived smoking worsening their symptoms. Similarly, quitting was believed to have health benefits, but concerns about withdrawal symptoms and the impact on MS symptoms and relapses were common. Participants reported ambivalence discussing smoking with clinicians; some wanting more information and support, while also feeling shame or guilt. Many participants were asked about their smoking status by MS clinicians, however, the provision of evidence-based information, and referrals to quitting support services was very infrequent. General practitioners were often found helpful and supportive, but participants gave more weight to quit advice from MS clinicians.CONCLUSIONOur results are the first to indicate that smoking cessation needs of Australian people with MS are not met. These findings should be confirmed in a larger sample, but there is potential to investigate whether implementing routine provision of brief advice in MS care, as a coordinated effort between MS researchers, practitioners, consumer advocates and behavioural intervention services, may meet these needs. Further, developing targeted resources and training quit counsellors to provide appropriate information and support specific to people with MS may improve smoking cessation success in people with MS.
    • Behavioural activation treatment for depression in individuals with neurological conditions: A systematic review

      das Nair, Roshan (2019)
      OBJECTIVETo evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural activation interventions for people with neurological conditions with comorbid depression, and explore content and adaptations.DATA SOURCESPsycINFO, MEDLINE, CINAHL, AMED, and EMBASE databases were searched on the 19 November 2019. Reference lists of selected full-texts were screened by title.REVIEW METHODSWe included peer-reviewed studies published in English that used behavioural activation for treatment of depression in adults with a neurological condition. Single-case reports, reviews, and grey literature were excluded. Methodological quality was assessed by two authors independently, and quality was appraised using Critical Appraisal Skills Programme checklists.RESULTSFrom 2714 citations, 10 articles were included comprising 590 participants. Behavioural activation was used to treat depression in people with dementia (n = 4), stroke (n = 3), epilepsy (n = 1), Parkinson's disease (n = 1), and brain injury (n = 1). Sample size ranged from 4 to 105 participants. There were seven randomized controlled studies; however, no studies compared behavioural activation to an alternative psychological therapy. The effect sizes varied between small and large in the studies where effect size could be calculated (d = 0.24-1.7). Methodological quality of the included studies was variable. Intervention components were identifying and engaging in pleasurable activities, psychoeducation, and problem-solving. Adaptations included delivering sessions via telephone, delivering interventions via primary caregivers, and giving psychoeducation to caregivers.CONCLUSIONThe effectiveness of behavioural activation in randomized controlled trials varied from small to large (d = 0.24-1.7) in reducing depression. The content of behavioural activation was comparable to established treatment manuals. Adaptations appeared to support individuals to engage in therapy.REVIEW REGISTRATIONPROSPERO 2018, CRD42018102604.
    • Beyond current research practice: Methodological consideration in MS rehabilitation research (is designing the perfect rehabilitation trial the Holy Grail or a Gordian knot?)

      das Nair, Roshan (2019)
      Rehabilitation is an essential aspect of symptomatic and supportive treatment for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The number of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for rehabilitation interventions in MS has increased over the last two decades. The design, conduct and reporting quality of some of these trials could be improved. There are, however, some specific challenges that researchers face in conducting RCTs of rehabilitation interventions, which are often 'complex interventions'. This paper explores some of the challenges of undertaking robust clinical trials in rehabilitation. We focus on issues related to (1) participant selection and sample size, (2) interventions - the 'dose', content, active ingredients, targeting, fidelity of delivery and treatment adherence, (3) control groups and (4) outcomes - choosing the right type, number, timing of outcomes, and the importance of defining a primary outcome and clinically important difference between groups. We believe that by following internationally accepted RCT guidelines, by developing a critical mass of MS rehabilitation 'trialists' through international collaboration and by continuing to critique, challenge, and develop RCT designs, we can exploit the potential of RCTs to answer important questions related to the effectiveness of rehabilitation interventions.
    • Challenges of developing, conducting, analysing and reporting a COVID-19 study as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds: An online co-autoethnographic study

      das Nair, Roshan
      To capture the complexities and unique experience of a newly formed multidisciplinary and multicentre research team developing and deploying a COVID-19 study and to identify lessons learnt. Co-autoethnographic study. Staff at two UK academic institutions, a national charity and two major UK hospitals. Researchers, clinicians, academics, statisticians and analysts, patient and public involvement representatives and national charity. The sampling frame was any content discussed or shared between research team members (emails, meeting minutes, etc), standard observational dimensions and reflective interviews with team members. Data were thematically analysed. Data from 34 meetings and >50 emails between 17 March and 5 August 2020 were analysed. The analysis yielded seven themes with 'Managing our stress' as an overarching theme. Mutual respect, flexibility and genuine belief that team members are doing the best they can under the circumstances are essential for completing a time-consuming study, requiring a rapid response during a pandemic. Acknowledging and managing stress and a shared purpose can moderate many barriers, such as the lack of face-to-face interactions, leading to effective team working. Copyright © Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2021. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.
    • Changes in electrophysiological markers of cognitive control after administration of galantamine

      Kumar, Jyothika; Liddle, Elizabeth B.; Liddle, Peter F. (2018)
      The healthy brain is able to maintain a stable balance between bottom-up sensory processing and top-down cognitive control. The neurotransmitter acetylcholine plays a substantial role in this. Disruption of this balance could contribute to symptoms occurring in psychosis, including subtle disruption of motor control and aberrant appropriation of salience to external stimuli; however the pathological mechanisms are poorly understood. On account of the role beta oscillations play in mediating cognitive control, investigation of beta oscillations is potentially informative about such mechanisms. Here, we used magnetoencephalography to investigate the effect of the acetylcholinesterase-inhibitor, galantamine, on beta oscillations within the sensorimotor region during both a sensorimotor task and a relevance–modulation task in healthy participants, employing a double blind randomized placebo controlled cross-over design. In the galantamine condition, we found a significant reduction in the post-movement beta rebound in the case of executed movements and also in a planned but not executed movement. In the latter case, the effect was significantly greater following task-relevant compared with irrelevant stimuli. The results suggest that the action of galantamine reduces the influence of top-down cognitive processing relative to bottom-up perceptual processing in a manner resembling changes previously reported in schizophrenia.
    • Clinical and cost effectiveness of memory rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury: a pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial

      das Nair, Roshan (2019)
      Objective: To evaluate the clinical and cost effectiveness of a group-based memory rehabilitation programme for people with traumatic brain injury. Design: Multicentre, pragmatic, observer-blinded, randomized controlled trial in England. Setting: Community. Participants: People with memory problems following traumatic brain injury, aged 18–69 years, able to travel to group sessions, communicate in English, and give consent. Interventions: A total of 10 weekly group sessions of manualized memory rehabilitation plus usual care (intervention) vs. usual care alone (control). Main measures: The primary outcome was the patient-reported Everyday Memory Questionnaire (EMQ-p) at six months post randomization. Secondary outcomes were assessed at 6 and 12 months post randomization. Results: We randomized 328 participants. There were no clinically important differences in the primary outcome between arms at six-month follow-up (mean EMQ-p score: 38.8 (SD 26.1) in intervention and 44.1 (SD 24.6) in control arms, adjusted difference in means: –2.1, 95% confidence interval (CI): –6.7 to 2.5, p = 0.37) or 12-month follow-up. Objectively assessed memory ability favoured the memory rehabilitation arm at the 6-month, but not at the 12-month outcome. There were no between-arm differences in mood, experience of brain injury, or relative/friend assessment of patient’s everyday memory outcomes, but goal attainment scores favoured the memory rehabilitation arm at both outcome time points. Health economic analyses suggested that the intervention was unlikely to be cost effective. No safety concerns were raised. Conclusion: This memory rehabilitation programme did not lead to reduced forgetting in daily life for a heterogeneous sample of people with traumatic brain injury. Further research will need to examine who benefits most from such interventions. © The Author(s) 2019.
    • Clinical effectiveness of a pain psychology service within an outpatient secondary care setting

      Clarke, Simon P. (2015)
      Purpose - Data gathered from routine clinical settings is complementary to evidence garnered from controlled efficacy trials. The purpose of this paper is to present individual-level analysis of changes in a group of patients discharged from psychological therapy within an outpatient pain service. The service had recently shifted from a traditional cognitive-behavioural approach to one underpinned by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Design/methodology/approach - Reliable and clinically significant change methodology was applied to CORE-10 outcomes for 27 patients discharged during 2013-2014. Outcomes were compared to 2012-2013. A patient satisfaction questionnaire was administered and functional outcomes were collated. Findings - Outcomes were not adversely affected by the shift in service focus as clients demonstrating reliable improvement increased from 2012-2013; 81 per cent reliably improved, 44 per cent made a clinically significant improvement. Increases in returning to work/unpaid activities at post-treatment were noted. The service met a number of NICE quality standards concerning the "relational" aspects of care. Research limitations/implications - Clinical effectiveness is evaluated through one outcome measure thereby limiting conclusions. The longer term effectiveness of the service remains unclear. Narrow demographic information limits an assessment of any systematic biases in findings. Little is known about treatment drop-outs. Practical implications - A number of recommendations concerning data collection and future service evaluations are made. Social implications - Returning to paid or unpaid activities has a high public health impact. Originality/value - This paper contributes towards the evidence base for using psychological therapies with clients experiencing chronic pain and related distress. Importantly, the paper complements evidence for general efficacy (from large-scale controlled studies) through an evaluation of real-world effectiveness (i.e. practice-based evidence).
    • Clinical outcome of autologous mononuclear cells transplantation for spinal cord injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis

      Shokraneh, Farhad (2014)
      Background: Cell-based therapies can be used to treat neurological diseases and spinal cord injuries. The aim of this study was to assess the clinical outcome of bone marrow derived mononuclear cells (BM-MNCs) transplantation in patients with spinal cord injuries.; Methods: Following a systematic review to detect clinical intervention studies, a meta-analysis was done for pooling data to estimate the outcome of BM-MNCs transplantation. The percentage of the patients with improved ASIA scale from one grade to a higher grade was defined as the main outcome. By considering the study design and outcome measurement, two reviewers independently extracted the data.; Results: Eight relevant primary studies were found; seven qualified studies, with a combined total of 328 patients were assessed by meta-analysis, including 314 ASIA-A, 13 ASIA-B, 94 cervical, 227 thoracic and 60 acute injuries. The percentage of the patients' improvement was tested by meta-analysis through random and fixed models. The overall percentage of all patients' improved ASIA scale after a one- year follow-up (95% CIs) was 43 (0.27-0.59).; Conclusion: Data from published trials revealed that encouraging results were achieved by autologous BMMNCs for the treatment of spinal cord injury. However, the number of clinical trials included in the systematic review was too limited to reach a definite conclusion. More qualified clinical trials with standardized methods are needed to truly justify the outcome of this therapeutic modality in SCI patients.;