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Research participants needed for PALS research trial
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The University of Southampton is running a project in partnership with Memory Assessment and Resource Centre (MARC) and we are looking for people to take part.

Around 30% of the UK population experience loneliness. Older people, and those with long-term health problems are far more likely to be lonely and isolated than those in good health. Feeling lonely and isolated also has a negative impact on a person’s emotional and physical health, and costs the NHS money due to more medical appointments and hospital visits. Evidence has shown that connecting with community resources can help protect against loneliness for those most at-risk.

The PALS study will test if it is possible to reduce the negative impacts of loneliness and social isolation by focussing on the support networks that people have around them. We will use an intervention called GENIE, which is an online tool that allows people to map their social networks (which may include friends, family, groups, pets, daily activities). It also asks people about their interests and activities they might like to try to match them up with local activities. We will explore how GENIE can be used to improve social networks using existing local community groups and resources, to provide emotional and physical health benefits to participants.

We are looking for people/patients to take part in the study. Participation will help people feel more connected to their community and a £10 voucher will be given to each person who takes part to thank them for their time.

If you’d like to take part or would like to find out some more information, please get in touch with the Isabel Lewsey on Isabel.Lewzey@southernhealth.nhs.uk or the research team on include@soton.ac.uk , Tel: 02380 598264.

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