The FOrearm Fracture Recovery in Children Evaluation Study. It is 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. We plan on recruiting a minimum of 696 participants.
The aim of this trial is to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of soft bandage immobilisation and immediate discharge, compared to rigid splint immobilisation.
FORCE is a study 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 treatment your child will receive, if you decide to take part, will be chosen by a computer at random. At the end of the study, we hope we will find out which treatment pathway is the most effective in terms of recovery.
This study is sponsored by The University of Oxford
ISRCTN ref 13955395
This study has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research's Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme (ref: 17/23/02).
We will be using information from you, your child and their medical records in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your and your child’s information and using it properly
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