Ankle arthritis: video aims to boost pioneering trial

Ankle arthritis: video

Even a Time Lord suffers wear and tear over the years, just like the rest of us.

After many years playing a huge variety of roles, including Dr Who and a wizard in the recent worldwide hit film The Hobbit, actor Sylvester McCoy’s past caught up with him: “As an actor I would tumble downstairs or fall out of windows for a laugh, not realising that, years later, I would suffer for it”. He’s not alone. In the UK more than 30,000 patients each year suffer from pain, stiffness and a reduced quality of life as a result of arthritis of the ankle.

A new trial being spearheaded by the RNOH is comparing two surgical treatments for ankle arthritis. The trial, known as the TARVA trial, is comparing total ankle replacement against ankle arthrodesis for patients aged between 50 and 85 with ankle arthritis.

As part of the trial, RNOH has, for the first time in the UK, created a professional video of the Ankle Arthritis TARVA Trial to improve engagement with patients, increase their understanding of the trial and improve trial recruitment. Patients will be shown the video at the screening stage, when they are invited to join the trial, and will also be able to access it through the trial’s website TARVA trial.

“We believe that the video will improve communication with patients and give them, for the first time, consistent information in an easy to understand and clear way” said Andy Goldberg, Orthopaedic Surgeon, and Chief Investigator on the TARVA trial.

Claire Thompson, TARVA trial manager says “This video has had excellent patient feedback and is an example of how public involvement has been embedded into our research.”

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