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Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a personalised self-management intervention for living with long covid: protocol for the listen randomised controlled trial

Potter, Claire, Leggat, Fiona, Lowe, Rachel, Pallmann, Philip ORCID:, Riaz, Muhammad ORCID:, Barlow, Christy ORCID:, Edwards, Adrian ORCID:, Sirwardena, Aloysisu Niroshan, Sevdalis, Nick, Sewell, Bernadette, McRae, Jackie, Fish, Jessica, Abreu, Maria Ines de Sousa de, Jones, Fiona and Busse, Monica ORCID: 2023. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a personalised self-management intervention for living with long covid: protocol for the listen randomised controlled trial. Trials 24 , 75. 10.1186/s13063-023-07090-w

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Background Individuals living with long COVID experience multiple, interacting and fluctuating symptoms which can have a dramatic impact on daily living. The aim of the Long Covid Personalised Self-managemenT support EvaluatioN (LISTEN) trial is to evaluate effects of the LISTEN co-designed self-management support intervention for non-hospitalised people living with long COVID on participation in routine activities, social participation, emotional well-being, quality of life, fatigue, and self-efficacy. Cost-effectiveness will also be evaluated, and a detailed process evaluation carried out to understand how LISTEN is implemented. Methods The study is a pragmatic randomised effectiveness and cost-effectiveness trial in which a total of 558 non-hospitalised people with long COVID will be randomised to either the LISTEN intervention or usual care. Recruitment strategies have been developed with input from the LISTEN Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) advisory group and a social enterprise, Diversity and Ability, to ensure inclusivity. Eligible participants can self-refer into the trial via a website or be referred by long COVID services. All participants complete a range of self-reported outcome measures, online, at baseline, 6 weeks, and 3 months post randomisation (the trial primary end point). Those randomised to the LISTEN intervention are offered up to six one-to-one sessions with LISTEN-trained intervention practitioners and given a co-designed digital resource and paper-based book. A detailed process evaluation will be conducted alongside the trial to inform implementation approaches should the LISTEN intervention be found effective and cost-effective. Discussion The LISTEN trial is evaluating a co-designed, personalised self-management support intervention (the LISTEN intervention) for non-hospitalised people living with long COVID. The design has incorporated extensive strategies to minimise participant burden and maximise access. Whilst the duration of follow-up is limited, all participants are approached to consent for long-term follow-up (subject to additional funding being secured). Trial registration LISTEN ISRCTN36407216. Registered on 27/01/2022

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Centre for Trials Research (CNTRR)
Funders: NIHR, HCRW, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South London at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 January 2023
Date of Acceptance: 10 January 2023
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2023 16:37

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