6. Reducing fatigue in visually impaired adults with E-nerEYEze

Keywords:

Fatigue, visually impaired, blended care, intervention program

Description:

57% of visually impaired adults have severe symptoms of fatigue, associated with incremental societal costs through increased health care utilization and reduced work participation. Previous research showed that unbeneficial coping, depressive symptoms, cognitive effort needed for visual perception and hindrance of light are associated in people with visual impairment. Although clients have indicated that reducing fatigue is a rehabilitation goal of high importance, it is also acknowledged as a major gap in professional knowledge, skills and treatment options. This project aims to develop and test a blended vision-specific eHealth-based cognitive behavioural & self-management intervention.

E-nerEYEze will be developed within the human centered design framework and will be pretested with regard to usability and feasibility prior to the pragmatic singled blinded RCT study with two arms. Effects on fatigue severity as primary outcomes and various secondary outcomes will be accompanied with  cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis and process evaluations  incorporating patients and health professionals as key stakeholders.

Partners:

VU Medical Department of Ophthalmology, ZonMw, Koninklijke Visio, Bartimeus

Duration:

2019 - 2022

Contact person(s) in the SMHA lab:

Christina Bode