Showcasing MOSAIC!

Dr Lindsay Bearne, Chief Investigator of the MOSAIC Trial, delivered last month a presentation about the MOSAIC Trial at King’s College London’s Rehabilitation Research Showcase. The showcase attracted delegates from a range of healthcare disciplines and the audience included students, healthcare practitioners and academics.

The MOSAIC intervention was systematically developed over four years by Dr Melissa Galea Holmes, Professor John Weinman and Dr Lindsay Bearne. The main aim of the trial is to assess whether the MOSAIC intervention improves walking ability at three-months compared to usual care for patients with intermittent claudication caused by Peripheral Arterial Disease. In Lindsay’s talk, she shared details on how MOSAIC was developed based on Medical Research Council guidelines and highlighted the key features of the MOSAIC intervention. Delegates were interested to hear more about the main outcome measure being used for the trial, and whether participants’ body mass index was being recorded.

The talk gave delegates a sense of how our preliminary research informed the development of the MOSAIC intervention and trial.  The talk coincided with the publication of our feasibility study ‘A randomised controlled feasibility trial of a home-based walking behaviour-change intervention for people with intermittent claudication’ in the Journal of Vascular Nursing.

Lindsay comments that “It was an honour to be invited to present the development of the MOAIC intervention and design of MOSAIC trial to this interested audience”.

The day showcased leading rehabilitation research by Researchers at King’s College London evoking stimulating discussions and thoughts about ongoing research, implementation and collaboration.

The full MOSAIC Trial feasibility study is available at: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/lindsay-bearne(ea7d99c0-4683-4be5-b706-ac7eaa1242cc)/publications.html

Link to departmental twitter account: https://twitter.com/Physio_KCL

Meeting a MOSAIC participant for the first time…

Patients with Intermittent Claudication, who are eligible and willing to be involved in the MOSAIC Trial will be invited to attend an appointment with Dr Julie Bieles, the MOSAIC Research Associate and Trial Coordinator.

At this appointment patients have the chance to find out more about participating in the MOSAIC trial and have their questions answered before agreeing to take part (informed consent).

At the baseline visit, participants have the blood pressures in their arms and legs measured, complete questionnaires on paper or directly into the MOSAIC online database, and complete and two six-minute walking tests. The walking test estimates how far people can walk in six minutes with a minute by minute count-down is given, so that participants know how long they have left to walk. Participants may stop walking if they need to and the overall distance walked in each test is recorded.

Many MOSAIC participants are pleasantly surprised by how well they do in the walking test. Many participants also report a great sense of achievement once they have completed the three questionnaires, the longest of which is completed between the walking tests, allowing time for participants to rest.

We aim to make MOSAIC participants feel at ease during their visit and we encourage participants to prepare well for the visit by reading the Participant Information Sheet and noting down any questions that they may have in advance.

Please contact us if you would like to receive a copy of associated literature, such as: Montgomery, P.S. and A.W. Gardner, The Clinical Utility of a Six-minute Walk Test in Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease Patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 1998. 46(6): p. 706-711.