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Novel patient engagement and recruitment strategies for an RCY of two NHS treatments for ankle osteoarthritis

Goldberg, A, Thomson, C, Brooking, D, Rees, E, Cumbers, M, Tetlow, M, Skene, S and Cro, S (2015) Novel patient engagement and recruitment strategies for an RCY of two NHS treatments for ankle osteoarthritis Trials, 16(S2) (094). pp1-1.

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TARVA is an NIHR HTA funded portfolio randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing total ankle replacement (TAR) and arthrodesis (fusion) surgery in NHS patients aged 50-85 with end-stage ankle arthritis. 328 patients will be randomly allocated to TAR or arthrodesis on an equal basis. Clinician and patient treatment equipoise is critical to recruit surgeons and patients successfully. The TARVA Trial team has developed novel surgeon and patient engagement techniques involving technology and multi-media tools to achieve our aims. Examples include an award-winning video, a white-labelled patient information brochure, professional newsletters and blogs, and a particular focus on the use of social networking tools to engage both investigators and patients. The impartial trial information video featuring consultant foot and ankle surgeons and patients who have undergone TAR or fusion surgery can be accessed through the trial website ( The pilot phase began with the randomisation of the first patient in March 2015. An overview of our techniques alongside recruitment data accumulated until November will be presented at the ICTM conference.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > Surrey Clinical Research Centre
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
Goldberg, A
Thomson, C
Brooking, D
Rees, E
Cumbers, M
Tetlow, M
Cro, S
Date : 16 November 2015
DOI : 10.1186/1745-6215-16-S2-O94
Copyright Disclaimer : © Goldberg et al. 2015
Additional Information : An erratum to this article is available at eprint ID 846286
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 24 Apr 2018 11:16
Last Modified : 27 Sep 2019 13:42

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