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World Hip Trauma Evaluation Study

Fractures of the proximal femur (hip fracture) are one of the greatest challenges facing the medical community, constituting a heavy socioeconomic burden worldwide. The National Hip Fracture Audit currently provides a framework for service evaluation. This evaluation is based upon the assessment of process rather than assessment of patient-centred outcomes.

The WHiTE Study Group has contributions from clinical academics and researchers from a variety of disciplines. As a Group, we have an interest in exploring a research framework that can provide meaningful data regarding the clinical and cost effectiveness of treatments of fracture of the proximal femur.

Research themes

The WHiTE Study Group has developed a comprehensive follow-up framework for the cohort of patients with a hip fracture admitted to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

The cohort is central to a several different studies with various themes:

  • A multiple embedded randomised controlled trial cohort study of patients with a fracture of the proximal femur (View Protocol)
  • The assessment of health care quality following hip fracture: a qualitative study of what is important to patients during recovery
  • Towards a core outcome set for hip fracture trials: A protocol for the development of a consensus statement (View COMET registration paper (PDF Document))

Ethical Approval

The WHiTE study was approved by the London-Camberwell St Giles Research Ethics Committee (Ref: 11/LO/0927) on 18 August 2011.

Study Registration


The research team would like to notify all patients that the sponsor of the World Hip Trauma Evaluation Study has changed. The new sponsor is the University of Oxford. All research data related to this study will now be held at the University of Oxford. The University of Oxford employs the same stringent data protection operating procedures as the University of Warwick.

If you require any further information about the above notice, please contact the WHITE study team on 01865 223 111 or via email white at ndorms dot ox dot ac dot uk


Key People

  • Matt Costa: Chief Investigator
  • Juul Achten: Research Manager
  • Nick Parsons: Statistician