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This study aims to compare two treatment methods that are currently standard care for treating wrist fractures

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This study will compare wrist function and pain in patients with a fracture of the distal radius treated with usual care in a cast versus a removable wrist splint.

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There are over 100,000 fractures of the wrist (distal radius) in the UK each year; 6% of all women will have sustained such a fracture by the age of 80 and 9% by the age of 90. As the population continues to age, an increasing burden for health and social care is expected.

Recently, there has been some evidence that a removable wrist splint may provide the patient with the same support as a cast while their fracture heals. A splint can be removed by the patient themselves thereby avoiding additional visits to the hospital. This could be more convenient for patients and save money for the NHS.

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Oxford Trauma
Kadoorie Centre
University of Oxford
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way
Oxford OX3 9DU

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01865 223113

The DRAFT3-CASP study is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research – Health Technology Assessment (Award ID: NIHR134681). The views expressed are those of the authors and are not intended to be representative of the views of the funder, sponsor or other participating organisations.

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