Naturally Occurring Opiates in the Body Reduce Breathlessness for COPD Sufferers

Please note: This trial has finished recruiting and is not accepting new participants.

Research Center: Research Unit Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS)
Location: Repatriation General Hospital, Daws Rd, Daw Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Lead Doctors: Prof David Currow, Aine Greene, Urska Cosic   
Ethics Committee: Reviewed and approved by the Southern Adelaide Flinders Clinical Human Research & Ethics Committee


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Recent studies have shown that your own natural opiates can help reduce the sense of breathlessness associated with COPD. Smokers and former smokers that have COPD suffer greater symptoms of breathlessness.

As a participant in this trial, you will be exercising on a treadmill and the effectiveness of the naturally occurring opiates will be measured. Participants will receive $300 at the completion of the study.

Benefits of Participation

  • You will receive $300 at the completion of the study.
  • Your COPD symptoms may improve.
  • You will gain understanding of your COPD and how exercise affects your breathlessness.
  • You will be helping to advance medical research.

Your Rights

  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential.
  • Upon completion, the results of the study will be shared with you.
  • Qualified medical professionals will supervise your participation.
  • You will be able to withdraw from the study at any time.

Who Can Participate?

  • Men and Women aged 50+
  • Smoker or former smoker
  • Have been diagnosed with COPD

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Enter Your Contact Details and Be Contacted by Phone About the Trial

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