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The purpose of this study is to learn about the effect of Apollo (a vibrating wearable about the side of an Apple Watch) on fatigue, Raynaud symptoms, depression, quality of life, and disease symptoms in patients with systemic sclerosis. SSc patients frequently have fatigue as a characteristic feature of their disease and fatigue negatively impacts quality of life (Haythornthwaite 2003, Richards 2003, Suarez-Almazor 2007, Basta 2017). The prevalence of fatigue among SSc patients is 75%, with 61% ranking fatigue among their top three most distressing complaints. Fatigue is also associated with poor sleep quality, greater pain and depressive symptoms (Sandusky 2009). We hypothesize that treatment with Apollo over 1 month will improve fatigue. If successful, the Apollo technology will be the first treatment option for fatigue and Raynaud's in this population.


Clinical Trial Description

This is a study of the commercially available Apollo Neuro Wellness Device, which is not currently a medical device. The device offers a convenient novel non-invasive, non-habit-forming solution to improve performance and recovery under stress in children and adults by delivering gentle wave-like vibrations to the body that improve autonomic nervous system balance in real time (Siegle & Rabin et al., under review). Apollo vibrations activate touch receptors in the skin and are perceived as safety signals by the brain resulting in decreased stress, improved recovery, focus, and energy. A total of 30-40 patients will be enrolled and followed for 1 month, with baseline data collected before using Apollo and follow-up data collected after using the device. This clinical trial is open-label, meaning that all participants will receive Apollos and no placebos will be used. All participants will be allowed to continue underlying immunosuppressive and Raynaud therapy at stable doses during the trial. Since this is a pilot study, future larger controlled trials will be necessary to clearly demonstrate drug effectiveness. ;


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NCT number NCT04854850
Study type Interventional
Source University of Pittsburgh
Contact Robyn T Domsic, MD
Phone 412-383-8000
Email [email protected]
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date July 7, 2020
Completion date June 30, 2021

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