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The Covid pandemic has left us with a significant number of people suffering from Long COVID, which is a clinical diagnosis of significant and varying ongoing symptoms at least 12 weeks following COVID-19 infection and characterised frequently by fatigue and breathlessness. Acupuncture has been shown to help breathlessness and fatigue in other conditions including in patients with cancer. Cancer related fatigue in the largest study, was assessed by the multiple functional inventory (MFI) score, assessing 5 domains of health, to give a single score. This is a randomised study in 160 people with and without cancer, who fit the definition of Long COVID and have a fatigue score of >5, on the UK developed, COVID-19 Yorkshire Rehabilitation Screen. After baseline workup as per national Long COVID guidelines, participants who consent will be randomised to either acupuncture given weekly for 6 weeks or telephone consultation and advice weekly for 6 weeks. A number of other questionnaires will be completed by both groups at baseline, 2, 6 and 12 weeks, including the MFI, Borg scale of perceived exertion and VASs. The primary endpoint is General Fatigue scores, as self-reported by patients using the MFI, at 6 weeks. A 2-unit difference between groups (Acupuncture vs Active Control) in General Fatigue score is considered clinically important. The secondary endpoints will include differences in scores of various questionnaires and tests.


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NCT number NCT05212688
Study type Interventional
Source Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Contact Imogen Locke
Phone 0208664011
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase Phase 2
Start date July 19, 2022
Completion date July 19, 2025

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