Taking Part

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Are you interested in taking part in the CHIEF-PD Trial?
If you have Parkinson’s and have fallen in the past year, you could be eligible to become a participant.

What does taking part mean?

You would be invited to the nearest participating hospital for an appointment which will last 2-3 hours. During this appointment, you will be asked a range of questions and complete some physical assessments with the research team (often a nurse or other healthcare professional), such as walking and sitting and standing, as well as taking your blood pressure.

At the end of the visit we will ask you to wear a transdermal patch each day for 12 months. This patch will contain either a drug called rivastigmine, or placebo (no drug). Neither yourself, or the research team will know which type of patch you are allocated.

At home, we will ask you to record in a trial diary the dose you are taking each day, and if you have experienced a fall. We will give you a phone call once a month to check how you are getting on and ask about any falls you have had that month. Every few months we will also ask you to fill in a short questionnaire about your healthcare use.

After 12 months, you will be invited in for a second visit to the hospital and have another round of assessments.

How do I take part?

If you are interested in taking part in this research, please get in touch. The best way to do this is to have a look at the Participating Sites page and see if there is a site close to you.

If you have any further questions, please email chief-pd@bristol.ac.uk, where you will be able to talk to someone from the central research team.