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Southampton Clinical Trials Unit


Trial Name

PALS - The Project About Loneliness and Social networks: a cluster-randomised trial comparing GENIE with usual care for socially-isolated people


This study will test if it is possible to reduce the negative impacts of loneliness and social isolation by focussing on the support networks that people have around them. The Generating Engagement in Network Involvement (GENIE) intervention is a facilitated web-based social networking tool designed to overcome the barriers to social participation, by identifying where social contact is lacking, focussing attention on valued activities and identifying potential access to social and health enhancing resources. The study will explore how GENIE can be used to improve social networks using existing local community groups and resources, to provide emotional and physical health benefits to participants.


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This study is a pragmatic, cluster-randomised controlled trial  comparing participants receiving the GENIE intervention to a wait-list control group, with an internal pilot and embedded process evaluation. The PALS trial will comprise:


Any adult (aged 18 or over) who is identified as being isolated or at risk of loneliness. A socially isolated person is defined as as one for whom there is an “absence of social contacts or community involvement, or lack of access to services” in line with the definition used by Hampshire County Council.


Sponsor: Univeristy of Southampton

Chief Investigator: Prof Anne Rogers

Trial Manager: Dr Kim Seymour


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