MERRC Current recruitment study details

Managing sleep disturbance and fatigue following acquired brain injury

This study is interested in comparing cognitive behavioural therapy and health education therapy in treating fatigue and sleep problems after traumatic brain injury and stroke. Participants will receive 8 one-on-one sessions with a
neuropsychologist in either cognitive behavioural therapy or health education therapy. Participants will be asked to complete research questionnaires to monitor symptoms through the course of the study. This study can be completed in person (Melbourne) or via tele-health (Australia-wide).

Recruitment for this study will continue until: 2022

Inclusion Criteria

  • History of  traumatic brain injury or stroke
  • Aged between 16 –  70
  • Clinically significant  symptoms of fatigue and/or poor sleep

Exclusion Criteria

  • Insufficient  understanding of English or severe communication deficits
  • Progressive neurological condition (e.g. dementia, brain tumour)
  • Untreated sleep apnoea (will be screened at initial assessment)
  • Use of medication for sleep/fatigue
  • Current severe psychiatric symptoms
  • Current alcohol or drug misuse

Location: Epworth Richmond, Monash Psychology Centre (Notting Hill) or tele-health
Contact: Lucy Ymer (Study Coordinator)
Phone:  03 9426 8923
Email: lucy.ymer@monash.edu


Longitudinal head injury study – Influence of cultural backgrounds

Within a multicultural society, people from different cultural backgrounds often have different beliefs and practices with regard to illness and injury. Little is known about the experiences of people from different cultural backgrounds following traumatic brain injury. This study will aim to obtain a better understanding of the ways in which cultural beliefs influence rehabilitation and outcomes following traumatic brain injury. By obtaining this information, health professionals can provide the most appropriate care to a culturally diverse patient population and their families.

Participation will require approximately one hour of your time. You will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires, covering demographics, preferred language, and views regarding injury and recovery and assessing your English language proficiency. You will also complete a measure of your motivation and attitudes toward rehabilitation and rehabilitation therapists, a measure of your ability to carry out day to day activities (e.g., housework) and your employment status, and a measure of physical, social and occupational functioning. In addition, we will also be obtaining information relating to your injury and your rehabilitation history from your medical files.

Recruitment is ongoing for this study.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Have sustained a traumatic brain injury
  • Born overseas (excluding UK, USA & NZ)
  • Non-English speaking background
  • Aged 18 or above

Exclusion Criteria

  • Patients who have had a previous TBI, or currently have a degenerative condition  including any form of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and  brain tumour

Contact: Elinor Fraser 
Phone: 03 9426 8923
Email: Elinor.Fraser@monash.edu


Light therapy for Fatigue following Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke

Researchers at Monash University and Epworth HealthCare are conducting a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of light therapy to reduce fatigue, daytime sleepiness and sleep disturbance following traumatic brain injury and stroke. The study involves an in-home light therapy, which entails daily exposure to light of a certain wavelength. Participants are required to turn on certain lights during the day, and other lights at night. They receive two different light treatments across the course of the study, delivered over a period of 5.5 months.

Over the course of the study, participants meet with a researcher at their home on 6 occasions to answer some questionnaires. Questionnaires ask about levels of fatigue, daytime sleepiness and sleep disturbance, as well as mood, daily functioning and quality of life. They also complete a short task measuring your reaction time. Participants are required to wear a watch that measures sleep-wake behaviour and activity, as well as keeping a daily sleep diary and log of your general activities for each day.

Recruitment will continue until the end of 2019.

Inclusion criteria:

  • History of Traumatic Brain Injury or stroke (3 or more months prior)
  • Fatigue resulting from TBI or stroke
  • Reside in or near Melbourne
  • Able to speak conversational English

Exclusion Criteria

  • Psychiatric disorders requiring hospitalization
  • Presence of another medical illness accounting for fatigue

Contact: Laura Connolly
Phone: 03 9426 8923
Email: laura.connolly@monash.edu