Topic: Research recruitment and participation and eligibility criteria
Subjects: Individuals living with MS who were deemed ineligible to participate in an MS-related trial
The qualitative data collected were obtained following provision of informed consent by participants. All data were anonymised and participants were provided pseudonyms upon transcription. Data were collected through one-to-one telephone interviews with individuals regarding the impact of being deemed ineligible to participate in a RCT aimed at evaluating assessing a therapy (cognitive occupation-based program) for chronic illness (multiple sclerosis). This study-within-a-trial was conducted within a host trial funded by the Health Research Board (Ireland) under a Definitive Interventions and Feasibility Award (DIFA-FA-2018-027). Ethical approval was awarded the National University of Ireland, Galway (R20.Jun.11) on 18 June 2020.