Plaster vs mobilty: Research to uncover the best option following ankle fracture surgery

Ankle fractures that require surgery are common, but patient recovery is managed in many different ways. It is widely debated whether patients need prolonged periods immobilised in plaster or whether being able to actively move and use the ankle is advantageous. 

The National Institute for Health Research’s Research for Patient Benefit has awarded £350k to Poole Hospital and collaborators to research the issue.   

The Dorset office of the South West Research Design Service based within Bournemouth University’s Clinical Research Unit were contacted in late Spring 2010 about the potential study and have therefore been involved in all aspects from the outset. Several members of the Clinical Research Unit are co-applicants and committed to the delivery of the trial. 

The Clinical Research Unit will update on the different stages of the research.