What will I have to do if I take part?
We will ask you to attend a research clinic twice – once at the start and then three months later. Each visit will take approximately one to two hours. At each visit you will see a Research Nurse. We will record what medical problems you have and what medicines you take, ask you about tiredness, dizziness, breathing and your daily activities, your quality of life and any contact you have had with health workers such as nurses or your GP, test your balance, and ask you to walk over a short course (4 metres). We will also take a blood sample (about a teaspoon) and it will be tested in the local NHS laboratory.
Will taking part in the study affect my usual care?
Yes, the treatment for your anaemia will change during the study (described above). However we will not alter any of your other medication or interfere with your other treatment. You will continue to be seen by your GP and by any hospital clinics that you usually attend. We ask you to remind any doctor prescribing you a new medication that you are on the trial. If you are started on any new medications or if there are any changes to your health please inform the research team at the last study visit. After you finish the study your GP will carry on, the care of your anaemia.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
We do not not know if his study will help you directly but your participation will help us to provide the best care for people like you with anaemia due to low iron levels in the future.
How will my information be kept confidential?
All the information that is collected about you during the course of this study will be kept strictly confidential. Identifiable information will be kept either electronically (access only via password) within a secure University of Aberdeen and/or Dundee system, or NHS system or paper records stored in a locked room