Why participate in the trial?

Please note the UKSTAR trial is no longer recruiting participants. Interested patients were welcome to read the information below.

The UKSTAR trial team finds the participation of every patient extremely valuable, likewise yours. Clinical trials in general help doctors understand what treatment is best to use in certain clinical conditions, which can benefit you or others like you, in the future. By joining the research, you are actively helping to drive up the standard of healthcare in the UK. For general information about the trials in NHS please read here.  

Before you decide to participate in the study we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you.

Your participation in the clinical trial is very important for us and overall for the entire NHS. 

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study investigating two different types of rehabilitation. Your participation in this clinical trial will help us decide whether future patients like you should receive a walking boot or a plaster cast as a treatment of Achilles tendon rupture. You will especially help to all patients who are not treated surgically as there is up to date no guidelines available with regards the use of walking boot vs plaster cast.

You will especially help to all patients who are not treated surgically as there is up to date no guidelines available with regards the use of walking boot vs plaster cast.

Collected data will tell us whether treatment with the walking boot is equally good or better than the plaster cast for non-operatively treated patients. You will also contribute by means of making the walking boot treatment equally accessible to all patients across the UK. At present, there are hospitals where patients cannot elect to undergo the walking boot treatment simply by preference, although this may change in the future when our data become available.

Depending on the trial results, your participation may also help to enable the walking boot accessible to all patients in every hospital across UK.

You can DOWNLOAD the Patient Information Sheet for further details and continue reading by clicking here.

On your first day, someone from the hospital trial team will go through the information sheet with you and answer any questions you have.