Full Study Title: A randomised controlled feasibility trial of the Books Beyond Words intervention to improve the management of epilepsy in people with learning disabilities
Study Summary: WIELD aimed to investigate the feasibility of a full-scale randomised controlled trial of a picture book to improve quality of life for people with epilepsy and learning disabilities. Participants in the intervention group used a picture book with a trained researcher, and a carer present. These participants kept the booklet, and were asked to use it at least twice more over 20 weeks. The control group received treatment as usual, and were provided with a book at the end of the study. All feasibility criteria were fully or partially met, therefore confirming feasibility of a definitive trial.
Chief Investigator: Prof Bob Gates
Trial Manager: Dr Silvana Mengoni
Study Time Period: February 2014 - March 2016
Sponsor(s): Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT)
Mengoni, S. E., Gates, B., Parkes, G., Wellsted, D., Barton, G., Ring, H., ... & Durand, M. A. (2016). Wordless intervention for people with epilepsy and learning disabilities (WIELD): a randomised controlled feasibility trial. BMJ open, 6(11), e012993.
Mengoni, S. E., Gates, B., Parkes, G., Wellsted, D., Barton, G., Ring, H., ... & Durand, M. A. (2016). “Sometimes, it just stops me from doing anything”: A qualitative exploration of epilepsy management in people with intellectual disabilities and their carers. Epilepsy & Behavior, 64, 133-139.
Durand, M. A., Gates, B., Parkes, G., Zia, A., Friedli, K., Barton, G., ... & Wellsted, D. (2014). Wordless intervention for epilepsy in learning disabilities (WIELD): study protocol for a randomized controlled feasibility trial. Trials, 15(1), 1-9.