A core aspect of the CASTLE Sleep-E trial is understanding what the children and parents who are taking part think about the treatment and management of Rolandic epilepsy.

In this part of the CASTLE Sleep-E, we will ask children and parents to tell us about their experiences of living with Rolandic epilepsy.  We’re interested to learn about:

  • their decisions and experiences of living with Rolandic epilepsy;
  • their decisions and experiences of their/their child’s sleep; and
  • their decisions about and experiences of using the CASTLE Online Sleep Intervention (known as COSI) and wearing sleep monitors

We want to find out more about their experiences of taking part in the study including things like deciding whether to take part in the study and what, if anything, concerned them about the study.


In the sleep study we will interview 6-10 parents about their experiences of using the learning and support available via the electronic sleep behaviour intervention, how they found using the intervention, how acceptable it was for their child and how it could be improved.

In the main trial we will interview 50 parent-child pairs (100 people). We plan to talk with them on three occasions (within the first 2-4 weeks of starting on the trial, and then 6 months and 12 months later). We will also interview people who decided not to take part in the trial.

The questions we ask will be developed with advice from the advisory panels and will be specifically tailored to meet the needs of different age-groups and developmental abilities. We also plan to use different activities in the interviews to help prompt the children and parents to fully express their ideas and opinions.

Who is doing the qualitative research study?

This interview-based part of CASTLE is led by Professor Bernie Carter and Professor Lucy Bray of Edge Hill University, both of whom have lots of experience working with children and families and using qualitative methods. Dr Heather Sutherland is the Research Fellow who will be undertaking many of the interviews and engaging with the children and their parents on a regular basis.

The team is hosted by Edge Hill’s Faculty of Health and Social Care, which is committed to conducting collaborative research to inform the improvement of health and wellbeing of people locally, nationally and internationally.

Further information

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