"Here at Kidney Care UK we are always looking for ways to help Kidney patients and their families, particularly with psychological support. So when the team at Kings College, London approached us to be partners in recruiting kidney patients for their COMPASS platform pilot study, we agreed.
The COMPASS platform is designed to help patients with Long Term Health condition’s (LTC), cope with anxiety and stress. Within COMPASS there are certain elements that are specific to Kidney patients. The pilot study is to assess the effectiveness of the platform to hopefully establish a Mental Health pathway for people with long term health conditions.
COMPASS is based upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is a therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems by breaking them down into more manageable chunks for you to deal with. It is used extensively by the NHS.
The COMPASS platform is interactive and user friendly. The added benefit being a Psychologist who will be monitoring your progress through COMPASS and offering support. There are 11 modules covering many different issues, such as managing uncertainty, negative thoughts, healthy lifestyle and much more. If you are randomized into the trial, you will be offered 6 sessions over 10 weeks with the psychologist offering support either online or by phone.
To volunteer to help with this pilot study, you just need to click on the link and a contact form will open. Once this has been completed and returned, a member of the Kings College research team will ring you back and take you through the process. The researcher will ensure you are still interested in being part of the study. If you consent and are eligible, you will be randomly put into one of two groups. The first group will be the COMPASS study. The second group will be offered Kidney Care UK phone counselling. You can also change your mind at any point and will then be directed back to the Counselling team who will offer support.
We, here at Kidney Care UK, are committed to providing the best psychological support we can to Kidney patients and their families. This study is a way of helping provide further support and also being involved in up to date research study, to hopefully help other kidney patients in the future."
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