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UK study of first time dislocated shoulder rehabilitation – multicentre randomised controlled trial


Key information


Acute Rehabilitation following Traumatic anterior shoulder dISlocAtioN (ARTISAN): A Multi Centre Randomised Controlled Trial

Chief Investigator: Dr Rebecca Kearney

Sponsor: University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust

Funder: NIHR, Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme

Registration Number: ISRCTN63184243 (


The aim of ARTISAN is to establish if a single session of physiotherapy advice and a course of physiotherapy is better than advice only; following a first time traumatic shoulder dislocation. A flow chart to summerise the trial is available.

Sample size:

478 people will be randomly allocated (randomised) to receive a single session of advice or a course of physiotherapy.

Primary outcome:

The primary outcome will be the Oxford Shoulder Instability Score (OSIS) 6 months after randomisation. OSIS assesses outcomes of therapy (both surgical and non-surgical) by measuring activities of daily living and pain of patients with shoulder instability.

Complications resulting from treatment and implications on resources for patients and the NHS will also be studied up to 12 months after randomisation.


3.5 years


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Mr Gurmit Dhanjal (Clinical Trial Manager)
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Mr ZiHeng Liew (Research Fellow)
Tel: +44 (0) 2476 968 663