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Research, Audit and Training.

As a research active Trust our patients consequently have greater access to evidence-based treatments, therapies and services. We need to try and develop treatments today for the patients of tomorrow.

Research contributes to the evidence base and provides opportunities to find more clinical and cost effective treatments that directly improve healthcare services and benefit patients. 

Current studies being undertaken at the hospital by our staff:

1)    The Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture (PROVE) study is the largest physiotherapy trial currently running in the UK.  It is a clinical trial comparing usual care versus an exercise based intervention or a manual therapy based intervention. PROVE is led by the University of Oxford and funded by the NIHR (National Institute of Health Research).

2)    Mechanisms in orthodox and complementary and alternative medicine management of back pain (MOCAM). This three year study designed at the University of Southampton, compares 'non-specific effects' of treatment for back pain by physiotherapist, osteopaths and acupuncturists both within the NHS and Private sector.

One of our aims is to improve the quality of care we deliver through research and continue to increase our participation in large scale clinical research.