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Child and adolescent sleep and fatigue after brain injury - a prospective study. PROJECT ON HOLD

Description 
NOTE: THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD DUE TO SECONDMENT - INTERESTED PhD STUDENTS ENCOURAGED TO EXPRESS INTEREST The overarching aim of the Child and Adolescent Sleep and Fatigue Assessment and Management (CASFAM) study is to develop an evidence based feasible intervention for sleep difficulties in child brain injury. There are two sub-studies; Study A aims to determine if a child-friendly adaptation of an existing evidence based cognitive behavioural intervention for sleep disturbances and fatigue is feasible and acceptable. Study B aims to identify children with concurrent new-onset and persisting sleep-wake disturbances and/or fatigue at 6-months post-injury, and factors associated with these complaints. The CASFAM study uses a mixed study design, including: (a) a pilot intervention study which will examine feasibility and acceptability of an evidence based child-friendly intervention for children 3-12 months after acquired brain injury with new onset or persisting clinically significant sleep disturbance/fatigue (Study A), and (b) a longitudinal prospective study design. Follow up at: recruitment (within four weeks of injury for baseline, T0), 6 weeks post injury (T1), 3 months post-injury (T2) and 6 months post-injury (T3). Phase 1 is an observational study (Study B). Children (age between 5 years – 18 years at injury) with acquired brain injury (stroke) or traumatic brain injury (all severities) seen through Paediatric Neurology/Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Services (VPRS) at either the Royal Children’s Hospital or Monash Children’s will be included in both study arms. The CASFAM study uses a mixed study design, including: (a) a pilot intervention study which will examine feasibility and acceptability of an evidence based child-friendly intervention for children 3-12 months after acquired brain injury with new onset or persisting clinically significant sleep disturbance/fatigue (Study A), and (b) a longitudinal prospective study design. Follow up at: recruitment (within four weeks of injury for baseline, T0), 6 weeks post injury (T1), 3 months post-injury (T2) and 6 months post-injury (T3). Phase 1 is an observational study (Study B). Children (age between 5 years – 18 years at injury) with acquired brain injury (stroke) or traumatic brain injury (all severities) seen through Paediatric Neurology/Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Services (VPRS) at either the Royal Children’s Hospital or Monash Children’s will be included in both study arms. Key outcomes are: Feasibility and acceptability of sleep (insomnia) and fatigue CBT intervention in childhood ABI (Study A); and determining children who meet clinically significant cut-scores on sleep disturbance and fatigue screening measures at 6 months (Study B).
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here: https://www.monash.edu/admissions/entry-requirements/minimum
Keywords 
brain injury, paediatric, intervention, sleep disturbance, fatigue
School 
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health / Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Available options 
PhD/Doctorate
Time commitment 
Full-time
Part-time
Top-up scholarship funding available 
No
Physical location 
Monash Health Translation Precinct (Monash Medical Centre)
Co-supervisors 
Prof 
Rosemary Horne

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