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Title: A randomised placebo controlled clinical trial of a rehabilitation programme for patients with a diagnosis of massive, irreparable rotator cuff tears of the shoulder
Author: Ainsworth, Roberta
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 2896
Awarding Body: University of Portsmouth
Current Institution: University of Portsmouth
Date of Award: 2009
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This study compares a physiotherapy exercise regime with a control treatment for the physiotherapy management of patients with massive, irreparable rotator cuff tears of the shoulder. Following ethical approval and informed consent, eligible patients with radiologically confirmed massive rotator cuff tears were recruited to the investigation. The study design was a randomised placebo controlled trial of 60 patients evaluating the change from baseline to three months, six months and twelve months in the shoulder function of patients randomised into either an intervention arm (exercise, advice, pain relief and ultrasound) or a control group (advice, pain relief and ultrasound). Randomisation using group designation in sealed envelopes took place after the baseline assessment. The primary outcome measure was the Oxford shoulder score. Secondary outcome measures included Short Form 36, the Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile and measures of range of shoulder movement.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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