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ACTIvATeS: ACtive Treatment for Idiopathic AdolescenT Scolisis


ACTIvATES is a feasibility study that aims to find out if the exercise programme is acceptable to patients, parents and physiotherapists and what training is required to deliver the treatments in NHS hospitals. The team also aims to find out whether it will be possible to recruit the numbers of patients needed for a larger study and test out how we measure spinal curvature and questionnaires to measure the impact of the exercise programme.

Recruitment has closed with 58 participants randomised to either the ‘assessment and advice only’ or the ‘assessment, advice and exercise’ arm. This exceeded our initial target of 50.

Four specialist NHS scoliosis centres were involved in the trial – Frenchay Hospital, Bristol; Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford; Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham; and James Cook Hospital, Middlesbrough.

The team is currently engaged in the 6 month follow-ups and reporting back to the funders regarding the feasibility of conducting a larger trial to ascertain the effects of exercise in AIS.

Key People:

Chief Investigator

Professor Sallie Lamb

Study Lead

mark dot williams at ndorms dot ox dot ac dot uk


Key links:

HTA project information

Scoliosis Association UK

British Scoliosis Research Foundation

ISRCTN registration

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