Dr Nikki Coghill, Researcher, University of Bristol has asked for our help in looking at whether a piece of research is feasible. I think the results will be very interesting so please support her team by completing the survey.
Here is some information about the team and the research they want to do:
Who are we: We are a team of researchers who are interested in helping people who have an under active thyroid. We work at the University of Bristol, in The Centre for Academic Primary Care (CAPC). CAPCE is involved in sourcing funding, conducting research and publishing the results of this, in order to contribute towards helping patients receive better care and treatment on a day-to-day basis.
What are we interested in?: We are interested in the role of physical activity in addressing fatigue in people who have an underactive thyroid.
Why are we interested in this?: Fatigue and weight gain were the main complaints voiced by members of a local thyroid support group who have an underactive thyroid. So, it got us thinking about the role of physical activity in addressing at least the fatigue part. Physical activity has been shown to help with fatigue in people who have other conditions such as cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis (Schmitz et al, 2005, Rongen-van Dartel et al, 2014). However, it would be extremely valuable to know whether this is the case in people who have an underactive thyroid and if it is, how much and what type of physical activity would be most beneficial.
What do we need to do?:These days getting money to conduct research is not an easy business. It’s never been easy but is certainly seems to have become harder since the recession! To support our case for attracting funding to investigate this we want to carry out a survey of fatigue and physical activity levels in people who have been diagnosed with an under active thyroid.
The survey is completed anonymously on-line and your time to complete them will be very much appreciated. Please enter or click on the link below
Schmitz KHO, Holtzman J, KS, Mâsse LC, Duval S, Kane R. (2005) Controlled Physical Activity Trials in Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 14;1588.
Rongen-van Dartel SAA, Repping-Wuts H, van Hoogmoed D, Knopp H, Bleijenberg G, van Riel PLCM, Fransen J. (2014). Relationship Between Objectively Assessed Physical Activity and Fatigue in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis: Inverse Correlation of Activity and Fatigue. Arthritis Care & Research. 66, 852.