MEMPHIS

Research Groups: Women’s Health Research Unit.

Full title: A smartphone app using psychological approaches for women with chronic pelvic pain: a randomised feasibility trial
Acronym: MEMPHIS
Start: April 2016 

 

OVERVIEW

Chronic pelvic pain is defined as intermittent or constant pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis of a woman for at least 6 months, and is not exclusively associated with menstruation, intercourse or pregnancy. Despite costly interventions, chronic pelvic pain is often resistant to surgical and medical treatment. Evidence from randomised controlled trials suggests that psychological interventions may be superior to primary surgery. Although psychological treatment is provided across the NHS, there can be problems with capacity, waiting times and the overall number of patients being able to access services. Alternatively, patient self-management is now recognised as a tool empowering patients to cope better with their condition

The overall aim of MEMPHIS is to assess the feasibility of implementing a trial of psychological approaches delivered by a mobile phone app for patients with chronic pelvic pain. We will also assess the effectiveness of the app in patients with chronic pelvic pain and determine whether the app can be seamlessly integrated into clinical practice. We aim to recruit 90 women from the Royal London hospital and Whipps Cross hospital over the course of 6 months.

INCLUSION CRITERIA

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Women with organic and non-organic chronic pelvic pain lasting for six months or more
  • Capable of understanding the information provided, with use of an interpreter if required and being able to understand simple English as is used in the app
  • Give written informed consent
  • Access to a personal computer or smartphone

STAFF

Chief Investigator: Miss Elizabeth Ball This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-applicants:
Dr Julie Dodds, Senior Research Manager, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute
Professor Khalid Khan, Professor for Women’s Health and clinical epidemiology, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute
Ms Ewelina Rogozinska, Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute
Professor Frank Rohricht, Consultant Psychiatrist/Clinical Director, East London NHS foundation trust, Newham Centre for mental health
Professor Stephanie Taylor, Professor in Public Health and Primary Care, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute
Dr Carol Rivas, Postdoctoral research fellow, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute
Mr Brennan Kahan, Senior statistician, Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit, Blizard Institute
Miss Judy Birch, PPI representative
Trial Coordinator: Sian Newton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.