There are about 1501 clinical studies being (or have been) conducted in Ireland. The country of the clinical trial is determined by the location of where the clinical research is being studied. Most studies are often held in multiple locations & countries.
This clinical validation study aims to evaluate the utility of Fitbit's Sleep Apnea Alert software for minimally invasive monitoring of sleep apnea events to alert users of their risk of sleep apnea. The Sleep Apnea Alert software analyses data from a Fitbit commercially available wrist photoplethysmogram (PPG) device. The Sleep Apnea Alert software is an investigational software as medical device (SaMD) and is designed to retrospectively process data and flag users in which have physiological signals consistent with subjects who have an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 10 or greater. This clinical validation study will be used to validate Fitbit's PPGbased sleep apnea algorithm. The outputs of the Fitbit Sleep Apnea Alert software will not be available to study participants, as the scope of this study is to gather validation data only and does not include testing product usability components.
Thoracic surgery, and surgery involving the chest wall in general, is associated with poorly controlled acute pain, which may result in delayed functional recovery, and may progress to chronic pain. Multimodal opioid-sparing analgesia regimens are a key component of the thoracic surgery enhanced recovery pathway, the aim of which is to improve outcomes in patients undergoing both minimally invasive and open thoracic surgical procedures. Novel interfascial plane blocks are emerging as feasible alternatives to central neuraxial analgesia techniques in a variety of clinical settings. The aim of this study is to show non-inferiority of serratus anterior blockade compared with surgically placed paravertebral blocks in the management of perioperative acute pain in patients undergoing VATS procedures.
Single-arm, open-label observational study in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients receiving usual care at an interstitial lung disease specialist center. The objectives are  to characterise the longitudinal trends of patient-measured Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) and impact of IPF on daily life Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) in a cohort of patients with IPF  to determine the correlation (if any) between patient-measured FVC and PROMs with clinic-observed measurements and  to assess if longitudinal trends in patient-measured FVC are predictive of clinical health outcomes in IPF. An additional purpose is to assess the acceptability and utility of the patientMpower app in helping IPF patients and their healthcare professional caregivers manage their condition. Patients will record FVC, symptoms (e.g. dyspnea) and activity (step count) daily and PROM once a week on the patientMpower app. The planned observation period is sixteen weeks. No additional clinic visits are required (versus usual care). In-clinic assessments of lung function, dyspnea and PROM will be done at baseline and study end. Patients and healthcare professionals will provide their opinion on utility and acceptability of patientMpower app at study end.
The study aims to examine the impact of implementing a dedicated team of Health and Social Care Professionals (HSCPs) in the emergency department (ED) of a large Irish hospital on the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of care for older adults (aged ≥65). Early assessment and intervention provided by the HSCP team will be compared to routine ED care to explore potential benefits related to key ED outcomes, including length of stay as well as hospital admissions and patient satisfaction/quality of life. This study is part of an ongoing interdisciplinary project funded by the Health Research Board of Ireland through the Research Collaborative on Quality and Patient Safety (RCQPS) Grant Call 2017. The project is led by Dr Rose Galvin, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Limerick (UL, Ireland), and overseen by an interdisciplinary steering group of expert researchers and clinicians in Emergency Medicine and Allied Health.
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is an inherited skeletal disorder characterised by increased risk of fragility fractures. Bisphosphonates are frequently prescribed for adult patients with OI with the aim of preventing fractures but the evidence base for efficacy is poor. Recent evidence suggests that the bone anabolic agent teriparatide (TPTD) increases bone mineral density (BMD) and may have the potential to prevent fractures in OI. The purpose of the TOPaZ Trial is to investigate if a a two-year course of teriparatide (TPTD) followed by antiresorptive therapy with a single infusion of zoledronic acid (ZA) in adults with OI reduces the proportion of patients who experience a fracture as compared with standard care Adult patients with a clinical diagnosis of OI who are willing and able to give informed consent and who do not have contraindications to the study medications will be recruited from participating sites. Participants will be randomised 1:1 to receive either standard care for the duration of the trial or TPTD for 24 months followed by a single infusion of ZA, or another antiresorptive agent in the event that ZA is contraindicated. Participants will attend recruiting centres for a Baseline/Screening visit, at 12 months, 24 months and at the end of the trial for formal study visits with telephone calls every 6 months from a site research nurse. Participants randomised to TPTD will also attend recruiting centre at regular intervals during the 24 month treatment period to collect new supplies of TPTD.
The incidence of oesophagogastric cancer has increased by 400% since the 1970s in Ireland and the United Kingdom. In addition, refinement of perioperative management and the now widespread use of multimodal protocols for patients with locally advanced disease have significantly improved outcomes for patients with oesophagogastric cancer treatable with curative intent. Despite significant advances in chemoradiotherapy, surgical resection remains the primary curative option. Unintentional weight loss and nutritional complications represent serious concerns for patients after radical resection, even among those who remain free from recurrent disease in the long-term. A study from the Swedish Esophageal and Cardia Cancer Registry reported a mean three year weight loss of 10.8% among disease-free patients, with 33.8% of this cohort demonstrating malnutrition at three years post-oesophagectomy. Mechanisms contributing to weight loss for disease-free patients after upper gastrointestinal surgery are poorly understood, however an association between increasing magnitude of weight loss and the presence of increased satiety is described. Our recent studies at SJH have demonstrated four fold elevated postprandial satiety gut hormone concentrations after oesophagectomy, compared with baseline preoperative values. Postprandial gut hormone levels correlate significantly with postprandial symptoms and altered appetite at 3 months postoperatively, and with body weight loss at 2 years postoperatively. However, the mechanism leading to exaggerated postprandial gut hormone production after upper gastrointestinal surgery is poorly understood, limiting targeted therapeutic options. In this study, we aim to characterise the role of altered nutrient transit and enteroendocrine cell function in the pathophysiology of excessive post-prandial gut hormone responses after upper gastrointestinal surgery. To do this, we will measure the gut hormone response to a standardised 400 kcal meal, as per previous studies, while concurrently assessing gastrointestinal transit time, and enteroendocrine cell morphology and function. In this way, we will determine whether the magnitude of the postprandial gut hormone response correlates with the rate of nutrient transit into the enteroendocrine L-cell rich small intestine, and whether enteroendocrine cell adaptation occurs after oesophagectomy. Furthermore, we have previously observed that gut hormone suppression using octreotide is associated with increased ad libitum among subjects after upper gastrointestinal cancer surgery (Elliott JA et al, Annals of Surgery, 2015). The mechanism of action of octreotide may relate to SSTR-5-mediated negative feedback to the enteroendocrine L-cell, but this medication may additionally reduce enteroendocrine L-cell responses through its inhibitory effect on gastrointestinal motility - reducing the rapidity with which nutrients are delivered to the small intestine - and small intestinal nutrient sensing via inhibition of the Na+-dependent glucose transporter SGLT-18-10. Through conduction of this double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled crossover study, we aim to establish the mechanism of action of octreotide-mediated increased food intake in patients after gastrointestinal surgery. This may inform the design of future targeted interventions for this patient group.
A study to evaluate the effectiveness of oral doses of Blautix in adult subjects with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
The ObsQoR-11 is an 11-item survey that was recently developed to evaluate recovery after caesarean section. This has been shown to be valid, feasible, reliable and responsive to changes in health status. The aim of this study to validate the ObsQoR-11 score in an Irish obstetric hospital. The collection of supplemental data will allow its comparison to the QoR-15 score and calculation of the MCID.
A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical study to evaluate the efficacy of raspberry extract to alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis in the knee.
The process of bone remodeling exhibits pronounced diurnal pattern that is important for bone health. A balanced rate of bone resorption is required to maintain bone health, a balance that can be disturbed during the life-cycle to effect net rate of formation (as occurs during growth and development to adulthood) or net resorption (as occurs, for example, during the menopause). Bone turnover is a nutritionally modulated process and the investigators believe a milk-based protein supplement (MBPS) can modulate beneficially the rate of bone resorption over the time period when bone remodeling is most active i.e. late evening/overnight. In this novel approach to the timing of nutrient ingestion, the proposed nutrient intervention seeks to modify (reduce) the rate of bone resorption and promote the rate of bone formation to the benefit of bone health in this at risk population..