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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785926/intramedullary-nail-fixation-versus-locking-plate-fixation-for-adults-with-a-fracture-of-the-distal-tibia-the-uk-fixdt-rct
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Matthew L Costa, Juul Achten, Susie Hennings, Nafisa Boota, James Griffin, Stavros Petrou, Mandy Maredza, Melina Dritsaki, Thomas Wood, James Masters, Ian Pallister, Sarah E Lamb, Nick R Parsons
BACKGROUND: The best treatment for fractures of the distal tibia remains controversial. Most of these fractures require surgical fixation, but the outcomes are unpredictable and complications are common. OBJECTIVES: To assess disability, quality of life, complications and resource use in patients treated with intramedullary (IM) nail fixation versus locking plate fixation in the 12 months following a fracture of the distal tibia. DESIGN: This was a multicentre randomised trial...
May 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766842/continuous-low-dose-antibiotic-prophylaxis-to-prevent-urinary-tract-infection-in-adults-who-perform-clean-intermittent-self-catheterisation-the-antic-rct
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Robert Pickard, Thomas Chadwick, Yemi Oluboyede, Catherine Brennand, Alexander von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Doreen McClurg, Jennifer Wilkinson, Laura Ternent, Holly Fisher, Katherine Walton, Elaine McColl, Luke Vale, Ruth Wood, Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, Paul Hilton, Mandy Fader, Simon Harrison, James Larcombe, Paul Little, Anthony Timoney, James N'Dow, Heather Armstrong, Nicola Morris, Kerry Walker, Nikesh Thiruchelvam
BACKGROUND: People carrying out clean intermittent self-catheterisation (CISC) to empty their bladder often suffer repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs). Continuous once-daily, low-dose antibiotic treatment (antibiotic prophylaxis) is commonly advised but knowledge of its effectiveness is lacking. OBJECTIVE: To assess the benefit, harms and cost-effectiveness of antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent UTIs in people who perform CISC. DESIGN: Parallel-group, open-label, patient-randomised 12-month trial of allocated intervention with 3-monthly follow-up...
May 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737274/antiepileptic-drug-monitoring-in-pregnancy-empire-a-double-blind-randomised-trial-on-effectiveness-and-acceptability-of-monitoring-strategies
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Shakila Thangaratinam, Nadine Marlin, Sian Newton, Annalise Weckesser, Manny Bagary, Lynette Greenhill, Rachel Rikunenko, Maria D'Amico, Ewelina Rogozińska, Andrew Kelso, Kelly Hard, Jamie Coleman, Ngawai Moss, Tracy Roberts, Lee Middleton, Julie Dodds, Angela Pullen, Sandra Eldridge, Alexander Pirie, Elaine Denny, Doug McCorry, Khalid S Khan
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women with epilepsy on antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) may experience a reduction in serum AED levels. This has the potential to worsen seizure control. OBJECTIVE: To determine if, in pregnant women with epilepsy on AEDs, additional therapeutic drug monitoring reduces seizure deterioration compared with clinical features monitoring after a reduction in serum AED levels. DESIGN: A double-blind, randomised trial nested within a cohort study was conducted and a qualitative study of acceptability of the two strategies was undertaken...
May 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29717978/self-sampling-kits-to-increase-hiv-testing-among-black-africans-in-the-uk-the-haus-mixed-methods-study
#4
Maureen Seguin, Catherine Dodds, Esther Mugweni, Lisa McDaid, Paul Flowers, Sonali Wayal, Ella Zomer, Peter Weatherburn, Ibidun Fakoya, Thomas Hartney, Lorraine McDonagh, Rachael Hunter, Ingrid Young, Shabana Khan, Nick Freemantle, Jabulani Chwaula, Memory Sachikonye, Jane Anderson, Surinder Singh, Eleni Nastouli, Greta Rait, Fiona Burns
BACKGROUND: Timely diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enables access to antiretroviral treatment, which reduces mortality, morbidity and further transmission in people living with HIV. In the UK, late diagnosis among black African people persists. Novel methods to enhance HIV testing in this population are needed. OBJECTIVES: To develop a self-sampling kit (SSK) intervention to increase HIV testing among black Africans, using existing community and health-care settings (stage 1) and to assess the feasibility for a Phase III evaluation (stage 2)...
April 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29717699/self-management-education-for-adults-with-poorly-controlled-epilepsy-smile-uk-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Leone Ridsdale, Alison McKinlay, Gabriella Wojewodka, Emily J Robinson, Iris Mosweu, Sarah J Feehan, Adam J Noble, Myfanwy Morgan, Stephanie Jc Taylor, Paul McCrone, Sabine Landau, Mark Richardson, Gus Baker, Laura H Goldstein
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a common neurological condition resulting in recurrent seizures. Research evidence in long-term conditions suggests that patients benefit from self-management education and that this may improve quality of life (QoL). Epilepsy self-management education has yet to be tested in a UK setting. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Self-Management education for people with poorly controlled epILEpsy [SMILE (UK)]...
April 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712616/what-is-the-added-value-of-ultrasound-joint-examination-for-monitoring-synovitis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-can-it-be-used-to-guide-treatment-decisions-a-systematic-review-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Emma Simpson, Emma Hock, Matt Stevenson, Ruth Wong, Naila Dracup, Allan Wailoo, Philip Conaghan, Cristina Estrach, Christopher Edwards, Richard Wakefield
BACKGROUND: Synovitis (inflamed joint synovial lining) in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be assessed by clinical examination (CE) or ultrasound (US). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the added value of US, compared with CE alone, in RA synovitis in terms of clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. DATA SOURCES: Electronic databases including MEDLINE, EMBASE and the Cochrane databases were searched from inception to October 2015. REVIEW METHODS: A systematic review sought RA studies that compared additional US with CE...
April 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701167/amaze-a-double-blind-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-to-investigate-the-clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-adding-an-ablation-device-based-maze-procedure-as-an-adjunct-to-routine-cardiac-surgery-for-patients-with-pre-existing-atrial-fibrillation
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Linda Sharples, Colin Everett, Jeshika Singh, Christine Mills, Tom Spyt, Yasir Abu-Omar, Simon Fynn, Benjamin Thorpe, Victoria Stoneman, Hester Goddard, Julia Fox-Rushby, Samer Nashef
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) can be treated using a maze procedure during planned cardiac surgery, but the effect on clinical patient outcomes, and the cost-effectiveness compared with surgery alone, are uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether or not the maze procedure is safe, improves clinical and patient outcomes and is cost-effective for the NHS in patients with AF. DESIGN: Multicentre, Phase III, pragmatic, double-blind, parallel-arm randomised controlled trial...
April 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652246/metformin-in-non-diabetic-hyperglycaemia-the-glint-feasibility-rct
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Simon J Griffin, M Angelyn Bethel, Rury R Holman, Kamlesh Khunti, Nicholas Wareham, Gwen Brierley, Melanie Davies, Andrew Dymond, Rose Eichenberger, Philip Evans, Alastair Gray, Colin Greaves, Kyla Harrington, Graham Hitman, Greg Irving, Sarah Lessels, Ann Millward, John R Petrie, Martin Rutter, Mike Sampson, Naveed Sattar, Stephen Sharp
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with diabetes with metformin can reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) and may reduce the risk of cancer. However, it is unknown whether or not metformin can reduce the risk of these outcomes in people with elevated blood glucose levels below the threshold for diabetes [i.e. non-diabetic hyperglycaemia (NDH)]. OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of the Glucose Lowering In Non-diabetic hyperglycaemia Trial (GLINT) and to estimate the key parameters to inform the design of the full trial...
April 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651981/lamotrigine-for-people-with-borderline-personality-disorder-a-rct
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Mike J Crawford, Rahil Sanatinia, Barbara Barrett, Gillian Cunningham, Oliver Dale, Poushali Ganguli, Geoff Lawrence-Smith, Verity C Leeson, Fenella Lemonsky, Georgia Lykomitrou-Matthews, Alan Montgomery, Richard Morriss, Jasna Munjiza, Carol Paton, Iwona Skorodzien, Vineet Singh, Wei Tan, Peter Tyrer, Joseph G Reilly
BACKGROUND: No drug treatments are currently licensed for the treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Despite this, people with this condition are frequently prescribed psychotropic medications and often with considerable polypharmacy. Preliminary studies have indicated that mood stabilisers may be of benefit to people with BPD. OBJECTIVE: To examine the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of lamotrigine for people with BPD. DESIGN: A two-arm, double-blind, placebo-controlled individually randomised trial of lamotrigine versus placebo...
April 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650060/gastrostomy-versus-nasogastric-tube-feeding-for-chemoradiation-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer-the-tube-pilot-rct
#10
Vinidh Paleri, Joanne Patterson, Nikki Rousseau, Eoin Moloney, Dawn Craig, Dimitrios Tzelis, Nina Wilkinson, Jeremy Franks, Ann Marie Hynes, Ben Heaven, David Hamilton, Teresa Guerrero-Urbano, Rachael Donnelly, Stewart Barclay, Tim Rapley, Deborah Stocken
BACKGROUND: Approximately 9000 new cases of head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCCs) are treated by the NHS each year. Chemoradiation therapy (CRT) is a commonly used treatment for advanced HNSCC. Approximately 90% of patients undergoing CRT require nutritional support via gastrostomy or nasogastric tube feeding. Long-term dysphagia following CRT is a primary concern for patients. The effect of enteral feeding routes on swallowing function is not well understood, and the two feeding methods have, to date (at the time of writing), not been compared...
April 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683422/corrigendum-a-systematic-review-and-economic-evaluation-of-bisphosphonates-for-the-prevention-of-fragility-fractures
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Sarah Davis, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Jean Sanderson, John Stevens, Edward Goka, Andrew Rawdin, Susi Sadler, Ruth Wong, Fiona Campbell, Matt Stevenson, Mark Strong, Peter Selby, Neil Gittoes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596045/positive-behaviour-support-training-for-staff-for-treating-challenging-behaviour-in-people-with-intellectual-disabilities-a-cluster-rct
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Angela Hassiotis, Michaela Poppe, Andre Strydom, Victoria Vickerstaff, Ian Hall, Jason Crabtree, Rumana Omar, Michael King, Rachael Hunter, Alessandro Bosco, Asit Biswas, Victoria Ratti, Jessica Blickwedel, Vivien Cooper, William Howie, Mike Crawford
BACKGROUND: Preliminary studies have indicated that training staff in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) may help to reduce challenging behaviour among people with intellectual disability (ID). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether or not such training is clinically effective in reducing challenging behaviour in routine care. The study also included longer-term follow-up (approximately 36 months). DESIGN: A multicentre, single-blind, two-arm, parallel-cluster randomised controlled trial...
March 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29595449/routine-low-dose-continuous-or-nocturnal-oxygen-for-people-with-acute-stroke-three-arm-stroke-oxygen-supplementation-rct
#13
Christine Roffe, Tracy Nevatte, Jon Bishop, Julius Sim, Cristina Penaloza, Susan Jowett, Natalie Ives, Richard Gray, Phillip Ferdinand, Girish Muddegowda
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a major cause of death and disability worldwide. Hypoxia is common after stroke and is associated with worse outcomes. Oxygen supplementation could prevent hypoxia and secondary brain damage. OBJECTIVES: (1) To assess whether or not routine low-dose oxygen supplementation in patients with acute stroke improves outcome compared with no oxygen; and (2) to assess whether or not oxygen given at night only, when oxygen saturation is most likely to be low, is more effective than continuous supplementation...
March 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29580376/high-throughput-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-for-fetal-rhesus-d-status-in-rhd-negative-women-not-known-to-be-sensitised-to-the-rhd-antigen-a-systematic-review-and-economic-evaluation
#14
Pedro Saramago, Huiqin Yang, Alexis Llewellyn, Ruth Walker, Melissa Harden, Stephen Palmer, Susan Griffin, Mark Simmonds
BACKGROUND: High-throughput non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for fetal rhesus (D antigen) (RhD) status could avoid unnecessary treatment with routine anti-D immunoglobulin for RhD-negative women carrying a RhD-negative fetus, although this may lead to an increased risk of RhD sensitisations. OBJECTIVES: To systematically review the evidence on the diagnostic accuracy, clinical effectiveness and implementation of high-throughput NIPT and to develop a cost-effectiveness model...
March 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29532784/a-pragmatic-randomised-controlled-trial-and-economic-evaluation-of-family-therapy-versus-treatment-as-usual-for-young-people-seen-after-second-or-subsequent-episodes-of-self-harm-the-self-harm-intervention-family-therapy-shift-trial
#15
David J Cottrell, Alex Wright-Hughes, Michelle Collinson, Paula Boston, Ivan Eisler, Sarah Fortune, Elizabeth H Graham, Jonathan Green, Allan O House, Michael Kerfoot, David W Owens, Eirini-Christina Saloniki, Mima Simic, Sandy Tubeuf, Amanda J Farrin
BACKGROUND: Self-harm in adolescents is common and repetition rates high. There is limited evidence of the effectiveness of interventions to reduce self-harm. OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of family therapy (FT) compared with treatment as usual (TAU). DESIGN: A pragmatic, multicentre, individually randomised controlled trial of FT compared with TAU. Participants and therapists were aware of treatment allocation; researchers were blind to allocation...
March 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29516853/the-feasibility-of-early-pulmonary-rehabilitation-and-activity-after-copd-exacerbations-external-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-qualitative-case-study-and-exploratory-economic-evaluation
#16
Matthew Cox, Catherine O'Connor, Katie Biggs, Daniel Hind, Oscar Bortolami, Matthew Franklin, Barbara Collins, Stephen Walters, Allan Wailoo, Julie Channell, Paul Albert, Ursula Freeman, Stephen Bourke, Michael Steiner, Jon Miles, Tom O'Brien, David McWilliams, Terry Schofield, John O'Reilly, Rodney Hughes
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects > 3 million people in the UK. Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) are the second most common reason for emergency hospital admission in the UK. Pulmonary rehabilitation is usual care for stable COPD but there is little evidence for early pulmonary rehabilitation (EPR) following AECOPD, either in hospital or immediately post discharge. OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of recruiting patients, collecting data and delivering EPR to patients with AECOPD to evaluate EPR compared with usual care...
March 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29508697/corrigendum-canagliflozin-dapagliflozin-and-empagliflozin-monotherapy-for-treating-type-2-diabetes-systematic-review-and-economic-evaluation
#17
Rhona Johnston, Olalekan Uthman, Ewen Cummins, Christine Clar, Pamela Royle, Jill Colquitt, Bee Kang Tan, Andrew Clegg, Saran Shantikumar, Rachel Court, J Paul O'Hare, David McGrane, Tim Holt, Norman Waugh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457585/training-nurses-in-a-competency-framework-to-support-adults-with-epilepsy-and-intellectual-disability-the-epaid-cluster-rct
#18
Howard Ring, James Howlett, Mark Pennington, Christopher Smith, Marcus Redley, Caroline Murphy, Roxanne Hook, Adam Platt, Nakita Gilbert, Elizabeth Jones, Joanna Kelly, Angela Pullen, Adrian Mander, Cam Donaldson, Simon Rowe, James Wason, Fiona Irvine
BACKGROUND: People with an intellectual (learning) disability (ID) and epilepsy have an increased seizure frequency, higher frequencies of multiple antiepileptic drug (AED) use and side effects, higher treatment costs, higher mortality rates and more behavioural problems than the rest of the population with epilepsy. The introduction of nurse-led care may lead to improvements in outcome for those with an ID and epilepsy; however, this has not been tested in a definitive clinical trial...
February 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29437032/computerised-interpretation-of-the-fetal-heart-rate-during-labour-a-randomised-controlled-trial-infant
#19
Peter Brocklehurst, David Field, Keith Greene, Edmund Juszczak, Sara Kenyon, Louise Linsell, Chris Mabey, Mary Newburn, Rachel Plachcinski, Maria Quigley, Philip Steer, Liz Schroeder, Oliver Rivero-Arias
BACKGROUND: Continuous electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) in labour is widely used and computerised interpretation has the potential to increase its utility. OBJECTIVES: This trial aimed to find out whether or not the addition of decision support software to assist in the interpretation of the cardiotocograph (CTG) reduced the number of poor neonatal outcomes, and whether or not it was cost-effective. DESIGN: Two-arm individually randomised controlled trial...
February 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29436364/the-west-midlands-active-lifestyle-and-healthy-eating-in-school-children-waves-study-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-testing-the-clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-a-multifaceted-obesity-prevention-intervention-programme-targeted-at-children
#20
Peymane Adab, Timothy Barrett, Raj Bhopal, Janet E Cade, Alastair Canaway, Kar Keung Cheng, Joanne Clarke, Amanda Daley, Jonathan Deeks, Joan Duda, Ulf Ekelund, Emma Frew, Paramjit Gill, Tania Griffin, Karla Hemming, Kiya Hurley, Emma R Lancashire, James Martin, Eleanor McGee, Miranda J Pallan, Jayne Parry, Sandra Passmore
BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews suggest that school-based interventions can be effective in preventing childhood obesity, but better-designed trials are needed that consider costs, process, equity, potential harms and longer-term outcomes. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the WAVES (West Midlands ActiVe lifestyle and healthy Eating in School children) study intervention, compared with usual practice, in preventing obesity among primary school children...
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