Skip to main content

Project Title

SOLITUDE - A pilot Study to examine perceived benefits of reflexOLogy in patIenTs Undergoing hospital baseD haEmodialysis

Research Focus:

Chronic Illness and Palliative Care


Funder & Dates

Northern Trust Research and Development, Northern Ireland

July 2017-July 2018

Principal Investigator or Primary Supervisor (if PhD project)

Dr Helen Noble

Co-Investigators or additional supervisors

Michael Matthews. Avril Johnston

Research Fellow(s) or PhD Student


Name & Institution of Collaborators


Name of External Partner Organisations


Description of Project:

Aim; Methods; Expected Outcomes


The aim of this pilot study is to explore the effects of foot reflexology on quality of life and sleep patterns in a cohort of patients undergoing hospital based haemodialysis.


-To evaluate the feasibility of patient recruitment and delivery of foot reflexology in a haemodialysis setting

-Evaluate the sensitivity of the outcomes measures

-Understand patient experiences of the intervention


The study will be based in the Haemodialysis Unit, Antrim Area Hospital, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland.  Twenty patients on haemodialysis will be recruited using convenience sampling. 

Associated with the project.






Add links/URLs to external pages, e.g., study webpage, reports, publications etc.


Any other relevant information