Bright White Light Therapy for the Improvement of Sleep Fatigue Distress Depression and Anxiety in Hospitalized Leukemia Patients

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Updated on 31 October 2021


This trial investigates how well bright white light therapy works in improving sleep, fatigue, distress, depression, and anxiety, side effects that are often experienced during an intense leukemia treatment regimen, in hospitalized leukemia patients. Bright white light therapy may help to control these symptoms, and information from this study may help doctors and nurses learn more about methods for decreasing these symptoms.



I. To assess the efficacy of bright white light therapy (BWLT) on fatigue in patients diagnosed with leukemia during their hospitalization.


I. To assess the efficacy of BWLT on sleep disturbance in patients diagnosed with leukemia during their hospitalization.

I. To assess the efficacy of BWLT on anxiety in patients diagnosed with leukemia during their hospitalization.

III. To assess the efficacy of BWLT on depression in patients diagnosed with leukemia during their hospitalization.

IV. To assess the efficacy of BWLT on distress in patients diagnosed with leukemia during their hospitalization.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 groups.

GROUP I: Patients receive BWLT over 30 minutes in addition to standard of care daily during hospital stay.

GROUP II: Patients receive standard of care during hospital stay.

Condition Recurrent Leukemia, Acute Leukemia, acute leukemias, Refractory Leukemia
Treatment survey administration, Best Practice, Bright White Light Therapy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04597086
SponsorOhio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Last Modified on31 October 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Admitted to the Acute Leukemia Unit for an anticipated stay of 3 weeks or longer
English speaking
Able to comprehend and sign a consent form
Able to read and complete surveys
Alert and oriented
Without BWLT for seven days prior to initiating the trial

Exclusion Criteria

Current eye disorders which is defined as
Iritis, uveitis, keratitis, cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, or retinitis pigmentosa
Diagnosed bipolar disorder
Persons with pacemakers
The manufacturer of the BWLT unit used for this study mentions the light unit contains magnets
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