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Listen to Professor Costa's Orthopodcast about the DRAFFT trial

Lisa Hadfield-Law, BOA education advisor, talks to Professor Matt Costa about the DRAFFT trial and how it has been a test case for running trauma trials in general and shown that the Orthopaedic community can deliver a large mullticentre clinical trial in a pragmatic setting. Also discussed is how the key findings of the trial will change policy and practice for fixation of acute distal radius fractures. Listen to the podcast here.

DRAFFT Long Term Annual Follow-up

The trial is now in the long term follow up phase: Although patients with a fracture of the distal radius have usually healed and returned to most of their normal activities at 12 months after their injury, there may also be longer term consequences. For example, some people may develop arthritis, secondary to damage to the surface of their wrist joint. The functional impact of such changes has not been clearly established. This longer term follow-up will provide this valuable functional information.

All participants who took part in the main phase of DRAFFT have therefore been invited to complete a short annual questionnaires for up to another 20 years.

DRAFFT Trial Results

The main trial is now complete and a Summary of the results can be found here:(PDF Document) DRAFFT - Results Summary 

For those of you that may wish to read the results paper this is available on the British Medical Journal website at:

The trial was funded by the National Institute of Health Research for Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) Programme (project number 08/116/97) and will be published in full in Health Technology Assessment later in the year.

Date for your diary

The next NIHR Trials in Musculoskeletal Trauma Annual Meeting will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons, London on Friday 7th March 2014.

Programme to be posted soon.

12 month Follow-up Complete

The expected primary outcome follow-up at 12 months was 90% but we managed to reach 91%. A fantastic achievement and thanks to everyone who helped us exceed our target!

MEETING - NIHR Trials in Musculoskeletal Trauma - Annual Meeting

We would like to invite all DRAFFT collaborators to a joint orthopaedic trauma meeting.

Date: Friday 8th March 2013

Venue: The Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

Time: 10am - 4pm

Agenda (PDF Document)

Randomisation Closed

Randomisation for DRAFFT closed on 30th June 2012 having reached a fantastic total of 461 participants being recruited. Well done to all centres for helping us to achieve this.

100th participant for UHCW

Congratulations to UHCW for recruiting their 100th DRAFFT patient on 27th June 2012 and also their 6th participant this month. Another fantastic achievement!

60th participant Royal Victoria

Congratulations to Royal Victoria Hospital who recruited their 60th patient on the 22nd June 2012, their 4th participant this month, a fantastic "Golden Jubilee" acheivement!

MEETING - NIHR Trials in Orthopaedic Trauma

We would like to invite all DRAFFT collaborators to a joint orthopaedic trauma meeting which will cover the AIM, DRAFFT and WOLLF trials.

Date: Thursday 27th September 2012

Venue: 76 Portland Place, London

Time: 10am - 4pm

Please email for further information and to confirm whether you can attend.

Agenda (PDF Document)

North Tees and Hartlepool recruit the 390th patient into DRAFFT

The North Tees and Hartlepool hospital recruited the 390th patient into DRAFFT on the 8th March 2012. This was the original target for the study and with over 3 months left to recruit we would like to thank all of our centres for continuing to recruit patients and increase the power of the study.

Ethics grant approval to continue recruiting beyond 390

On the 7th December 2011 ethics granted approval for DRAFFT to continue recruiting beyond the original 390 participant target to the end of June 2012, in order to increase the power of the study. Centres should now be working to v 3.0 of the protocol.

UHCW recruits the 300th patient into DRAFFT

The University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire recruited the 300th patient into DRAFFT on the 28th November 2011. With 7 months left to recruit and only 90 patients to reach our target we would like to congratulate all of our centres for their contribution towards this great achievement.


We would like to congratulate the DRAFFT Chief Investigator, Matthew Costa for his recent promotion to Professor of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Warwick.

DRAFFT Collaborators Day

Date: 20th October 2011

Venue: Radcliffe House, University of Warwick

Time: 10am - 4pm

Please contact Jaclyn dot Brown at warwick dot ac dot uk for more information and to confirm whether or not you can join us

Agenda (PDF Document)

DRAFFT study protocol

The DRAFFT study protocol was accepted for publication by the BMC Muskoskeletal Disorders on the 13th September 2011

DRAFFT recruits 50% of target ahead of schedule

On the 27th July 2011, Ipswich Hospital randomised the 195th participant into DRAFFT, which means we are half way to our target of 390. Well done to all centres for helping us to achieve this landmark ahead of schedule.