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Brace yourself! Announcing a new trial of braces for knee osteoarthritis

Following our previous post, we are delighted to announce that a new clinical trial of braces for knee osteoarthritis has been given the go ahead by the National Institute for Health Research.

The PROP OA study aims to show whether wearing a knee brace provides more relief for people with painful osteoarthritis of the knee than just having best primary care (education, advice and exercise), and whether this is good value for money for the NHS.

The research is being run by NHS colleagues and researchers at Keele University, Manchester University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Newcastle University and Keele Clinical Trials Unit. It is funded by the Health Technology Assessment programme.

Interested in finding out more about the trial and whether this might be for you? You can read a summary of the trial that we wrote with the help of patients and members of the public at Keele University’s Research User Group and the VOICE Research Support Group.

Can I sign up now? The trial isn’t open to patients yet but keep an eye out for it being advertised as an opportunity on the VOICE website soon. We’re currently getting in place all the systems, processes, and approvals we need for this trial. We’ll be hoping to open recruitment sites in Northumbria, Staffordshire, Cheshire, and Manchester in March 2019. We’ll post further updates on this blog in the coming weeks and months.

Professor George Peat
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology

Keele University

Funding acknowledgement
This project is funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (16/160/03).

Department of Health and Social Care disclaimer
The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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