Exciting new research:
Research finds that combining the Lightning Process with Specialist Medical Care, for CFS/ME, is more effective than Specialist Medical Care alone
‘A study investigating the effectiveness of The Lightning Process® programme to treat children with mild or moderate CFS or ME finds symptoms improve,’ reports the University of Bristol.
The results from a study by University of Bristol has been published in the Journal of Archives of Disease in Childhood: Clinical and cost-effectiveness of the Lightning Process in addition to Specialist Medical care for pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: randomized controlled trial. It concludes stating ‘The Lightning Process is effective and is probably cost-effective when provided in addition to specialist medical care for mild/moderately affected adolescents with CFS/ME.’
This important research adds considerably to the evidence base of the LP.
It utilised a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT – the gold standard of research) to investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Lightning Process in addition to Specialist Medical Care (SMC) compared to SMC alone, for children with CFS/ME.
Below is a video of Phil discussing the findings:
Two papers had previously been published and you can find a link to them both here:
1. The feasibility and acceptability of conducting a trial of specialist medical care and the Lightning Process in children with chronic fatigue syndrome: feasibility randomized controlled trial (SMILE study)
2. Comparing specialist medical care with specialist medical care plus the Lightning Process® for chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial (SMILE Trial)
Harvard University and King’s College, London
‘Experiences of young people who have undergone the Lightning Process to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Qualitative Study’
An independent study, published in 2012, found that of the 9 participants with CFS/ME “7 were satisfied and were much improved“.
Lightning Process for those with Chronic Pain
‘Evaluation of a treatment strategy’
Researchers evaluated the effects of the LP on chronic pain, studying 12 adolescents in Norway whose lives had been strongly affected by chronic headaches.
The researchers evaluating this pilot study reported that on follow up after twelve months:
- 9 out of 12 reported that they had significant pain reduction. This trend was evident already after three months.
- The majority had improved quality of life. They were more active, more able to spend time with friends and attended significantly more at school.
- Before the course three reported that they ‘always / almost always’ were in school. At follow-up after one year, the situation changed, when 8 out of 12 ‘always / almost always’ were in school.
“A structured cooperation between doctor and LP instructor has contributed to significant pain reduction and improvement in the quality of life for nine of the twelve youngsters in the project. The remaining three participants had not noticed any effect, either positive or negative.”
Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC) – now MS-UK
‘LP provided benefit to all participants’
Interim report on a research project with the MSRC and LP.
Abstract: This Proof of Concept (POC) study was designed to consider the validity of the Lightning Process as an approach to provide benefit, or not, to those with MS. … The interim data shows that the LP provided benefit to all participants and there have been no incidents of negative effects. The data suggests that it would be worth pursuing a full Randomised Controlled Trial
“The Proof of Concept study, although being in a small number of subjects, has produced some encouraging and worthwhile results over the 12 month period following participation in the Lightning Process. They indicate that the Lightning Process provides measurable benefits to those with MS and suggests that further larger randomised studies would be beneficial to investigate the role the Lightning Process plays in the well-being and quality of life of MS patients.” MS-UK October 2014.
Research into drug and alcohol misuse issues underway
This research project, run in conjunction with the London Metropolitan University, is now in the final data collection and analysis phase; to find out more please visit the RCT research site.
Outcome Measures Study
We are pleased to report on the results from the preliminary data collected in a study looking at outcome measures from 205 clients who attended a Lightning Process seminar. The study, which has been done using the RAND SF-36, is a pilot study that was designed to provide some preliminary outcome measures which can be used to add weight to future grant and funding applications for larger-scale Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT). The indications are that the LP is making a significant positive impact, resulting in increased health status at 6 weeks, persisting at 3 months, and demonstrating improvements in all areas that were covered by the RAND SF36 questionnaire.
Below is a diagram demonstrating the conditions which clients who participated in this study reported.
81.3% of clients report improvement after the LP course
The snapshot surveys were completed by 1297 people who attended a Lightning Process seminar, in a variety of locations throughout the UK and Norway, between January 2007 and May 2010. Read the survey here.
When we broke this down into clients with CFS/ME 81.3% of clients reported improvement after the LP course. Read the survey on clients with ME/CFS here.
ALPINE – A Lightning Process Intervention Evaluation
In March 2017, we launched a new project where clients taking the LP seminars will complete questionnaires before the training, and at intervals after the seminar of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 1 year. We encourage all clients who take the seminar (and are aged 13 or above) to join this study.
If you are about to take the LP and would like to participate please contact your practitioner – unfortunately it’s not possible to join the study having already taken the seminar.
As soon as any information is available to share we will post more here.
ME Association’s 2010 Survey
This survey compares the benefits of a number of different approaches to CFS/ME and includes statistics on the benefits of the Lightning Process.
The ME association’s survey found that the Lightning Process came top of their poll for approaches that ‘greatly improved’ the symptoms of ME/CFS.The Lightning Process received the highest percentage out of all the 25 approaches for those feeling they had ‘greatly improved’ with 25.7%. The next closest was 14.8% for modafinil/provigil (a stimulant/analeptic). Another 18.8% felt the LP had helped them improve (totalling 44.5%).
CBT, being one of the mainstays of NHS approaches to this illness is useful as a yardstick 2.8% ‘greatly improved’, 23.1% ‘improved’.
The fact that the leading ME charity is assessing how well clients did by using the Lightning Process for their ME, and found it was rated as the most helpful, supports the perspective that the Lightning Process is a suitable approach for some with ME. Read the report here.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School and Sussex & Kent ME/CFS Society’s Survey
‘LP most helpful approach’
In this study the LP was identified as the ‘most helpful approach’. In this survey of 457 members, tracking their experiences over two years, 44% of the society’s members found the Lightning Process “very helpful” and 36% “reasonably helpful”. See the report here.
International Centre for Wellness Research
‘All measures improved’
A pilot study of the Lightning Process was completed with the Metropolitan Police in 2010. This involved 17 people with fatigue related issues completing the Lightning Process in small groups. Despite the small sample size the results were very positive and can be found below:
This pilot was completed to investigate the effectiveness of the Lightning Process in improving wellness of people with fatigue related issues in a return to work setting. More specifically decreasing pain, anxiety, depression and sick days and increasing physical wellness, vitality and role ability (both physical and emotional).
Questionnaires were given out to the trainees prior to completing the Lightning Process Training and again at six months after the training. The results were then analysed.
All measures improved. The average improvement of emotional wellbeing six months after the training was 86% (SF36). The decrease in depression and anxiety scores (HADS questionnaire) was 54% and 43% respectively. The improvement of physical wellbeing (SF36) was 98% and the improvement in pain in the Visual Analogue Pain Scale (VAS) was 100%. The average sick days taken in the 6 months prior to completing the training pre and then the 6 months post went from 35 days to 15 days.
The Kenyan Red Cross requests Lightning Process for its healthcare workers
June 2011 marked the start of a pilot project of Lightning Process (LP) seminars to help improve the quality of life of those working with or affected by HIV/AIDS. They were run with the cooperation of the Health Department of the Mombasa City Council. This has led to the exciting request from the Red Cross in Kenya for 300 of their workers to attend Lightning Process training seminars to help them deal with the challenges of caring for those with HIV/AIDS (full report is available here Kenya Red Cross Project).