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Overnight auto-adjusting continuous airway pressure + standard care compared with standard care alone in the prevention of morbidity in sickle cell disease phase II (POMS2b): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Howard, Jo, Slee, April E., Skene, Simon, Inusa, Baba, Kawadler, Jamie, Downes, Michelle, Gavlak, Johanna, Koelbel, Melanie, Stotesbury, Hanne, Chorozoglou, Maria , Tebbs, Susan, Chakravorty, Subarna, Awogbade, Moji, Rees, David C., Gupta, Atul, Murphy, Patrick B., Hart, Nicholas, Sahota, Sati, Nwosu, Carol, Gwam, Maureen, Saunders, Dawn, Muthurangu, Vivek, Barber, Nathaniel, Ako, Emmanuel, Thein, Swee Lay, Marshall, Melanie, Reading, Isabel C, Cheng, Man Ying Edith, Kirkham, Fenella J. and Liossi, Christina (2018) Overnight auto-adjusting continuous airway pressure + standard care compared with standard care alone in the prevention of morbidity in sickle cell disease phase II (POMS2b): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial Trials, 19 (55).

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Background In addition to pain, sickle cell anaemia (HbSS) complications include neurocognitive difficulties in attention and processing speed associated with low daytime and night-time oxygen saturation compounded by obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). In the general population OSA is treated with continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP). The aim of this single-blind, randomised, controlled phase II trial is to compare auto-adjusting CPAP (APAP) with standard care to standard care alone in individuals with HbSS to determine whether the intervention improves attention and processing speed, brain structure, pain and quality of life. Methods/Design Eligibility criteria include: ability to provide informed consent; age > 8 years; diagnosis of HbSS; and mean overnight saturation of < 90% for < 30% of the night (i.e. not meeting current criteria for overnight oxygen therapy). Key exclusion criteria are: overnight respiratory support; respiratory or decompensated cardiac failure; chronic transfusion; or contraindications to APAP therapy or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Sixty individuals with HbSS (30 children and 30 adults) will be randomised to standard care + APAP or standard care alone for six months. Minimisation factors are: age group (8–11, 12–15, 16–22 and > 23 years); silent infarction on MRI; minimum overnight oxygen saturation > 90% or < 90%; and hydroxyurea use. For APAP individuals, the intervention is administered at home. Adherence and effectiveness are recorded using software documenting hours of use each night and overnight oximetry. Participant support in terms of appropriate facemask and facilitating adherence are provided by an unblinded sleep physiologist. The primary outcome is change in the cancellation subtest from the Wechsler scales. Secondary outcomes include general cognitive functioning, quantitative brain MRI, blood and urine chemistry, quality of life and daily pain via a smartphone App (GoMedSolutions, Inc) and, where possible MRI heart, echocardiography, and 6-min walk. These outcomes will be assessed at baseline and after six months of treatment by assessors blind to treatment assignment. Discussion Altering oxygen saturation in HbSS may lead to bone marrow suppression. This risk will be reduced by monitoring full blood counts at baseline, two weeks, three months and six months, providing treatment as appropriate and reporting as safety events. Trial registration ISRCTN46012373. Registered on 10 July 2015. Protocol Version: 6.0 Date: 24th December 2015 Sponsor: University Hospital Southampton. Sponsor’s protocol code: RHMCHIOT53

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > Surrey Clinical Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
Howard, Jo
Slee, April E.
Inusa, Baba
Kawadler, Jamie
Downes, Michelle
Gavlak, Johanna
Stotesbury, Hanne
Chorozoglou, Maria
Tebbs, Susan
Chakravorty, Subarna
Awogbade, Moji
Rees, David C.
Gupta, Atul
Murphy, Patrick B.
Hart, Nicholas
Sahota, Sati
Nwosu, Carol
Gwam, Maureen
Saunders, Dawn
Muthurangu, Vivek
Barber, Nathaniel
Ako, Emmanuel
Thein, Swee Lay
Marshall, Melanie
Reading, Isabel C
Cheng, Man Ying Edith
Kirkham, Fenella J.
Liossi, Christina
Date : 22 January 2018
DOI : 10.1186/s13063-017-2419-0
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2018
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 20 Apr 2018 15:33
Last Modified : 26 Sep 2019 15:24

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