APEX study: helping to understand asthma attacks

This study is investigating asthma attacks. The research team are looking for people with asthma of any severity.

You will be joining ground-breaking research into understanding asthma attacks and the information the team learns from your participation could help to discover new, potentially lifesaving treatments for asthma patients in the future. It may also help you to better understand and cope with your asthma.

You will be free to withdraw from the study at any time without your legal or medical rights being affected. The information collected during the study will be strictly confidential.

Study For

Adults with asthma

Sponsored By

University of Nottingham

Participants

200

People

Take Part

Deadline:

December 31, 2022

What is expected of me? 

If you decide you would like to take part in this study, the team will ask you to attend several study visits to have tests performed. The total length of the study is four years.

All the visits will take place at the Nottingham Asthma Centre, which is part of the Nottingham Respiratory Research Unit, located at Nottingham City Hospital. The team will try to arrange the visits at a time and day that is convenient for you and free parking is available at the unit. You should take all your medications as usual, including your inhalers, on the day of each visit and during your involvement in the study.

If you agree to take part in the study, the team will ask you to:

  • Attend an initial visit, which will last about 2.5 hours.
  • Attend a visit at the end of each year you are in the study, which will last about 2 hours.
  • If, during the study, your asthma gets worse or you start to develop an asthma attack, the team will arrange another visit as soon as possible, to assess how bad the attack is and provide you with any additional treatment they think you need. Hopefully this may avoid you having to make an appointment with your GP.
  • With your consent, the research team will also send you a monthly reminder by text asking you to contact them if you feel your asthma symptoms are worsening.
  • Finally, we would also like to keep in touch with you every 3 months to provide you with study updates.

What is the benefit for me?

Your participation will help to improve understanding of asthma attacks, and potentially lead to lifesaving treatments for asthma patients. The team also hope that you may gain a better personal understanding of your asthma and asthma attacks and that by taking part you can avoid having to make an appointment with your GP.

For site visits, the study is able to cover travel expenses or arrange a taxi if necessary.

Who is the study for? 

Adults with asthma of any severity.

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