UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
The FOrearm Fracture Recovery in Children Evaluation Study: a multi-centre prospective randomised equivalence trial of a soft bandage and immediate discharge versus current treatment with rigid immobilisation for acute torus fractures of the distal radius in children.
The FORCE study is seeking to improve the treatment of children who have a minor injury to their wrist, called a torus (or buckle) fracture. These injuries are really common, and thousands of children sustain them in the UK each year. They are stable injuries, meaning that the bones do not move out of place, and are really similar to a sprain. It is known that they heal quickly in a few weeks, whatever the treatment given. Despite these high numbers, doctors are not sure whether it is best to treat these injuries with early movement to prevent stiffness or with a hard splint which holds the wrist in one position.
The FORCE study will compare two treatments:
This is one of a series of studies we have worked on for Oxford Trauma. The solution we implemented for FORCE is our Digitrial product which we developed with the University of York, funded by NIHR, and which has been approved by NHS Research Ethics Committees on multiple live trials.
“They really become part of the study team during setup, and are hugely responsive.” Dan Perry, Associate Professor, Orthopaedics & Trauma Surgery
We developed two Patient Information sites, one for children and one for parents, designed to communicate the key information to the target audience of the trial and their parents. Both sites included a Patient Information explainer animation, along with Talking Heads Video content featuring medical professionals involved in the trial, along with parents and children.
The online patient information sites also included a set of generic animations that we developed for the TRECA project to explain the following topics:
We have since added to this library of generic animations and make the full set available to customers if they take up our online Patient Information Solution.