We hope the findings of this study lead to an effective way to help patients with subacromial pain syndrome make an informed treatment choice and avoid unnecessary surgery.
The aim of this study is to develop a patient decision aid that presents unbiased evidence-based information regarding the benefits and harms of subacromial decompression surgery, rotator cuff repairs and non-operative treatments for patients with subacromial pain syndrome.
This study will involve interviews with key stakeholders seeking feedback on a patient decision aid. Feedback will be used to draft and re-draft the patient decision aid until the tool is considered comprehensive and useable. The patient decision aid will then be evaluated in a randomised controlled trial.
Principal Investigator: Dr Joshua Zadro
Associate Investigators: Professor Ian Harris (IMH), Professor Rachelle Buchbinder (Monash University), Dr Denise O’Connor (Monash University), Professor Tammy Hoffmann (University of Sydney), Professor Kirsten McCaffery (University of Sydney), Dr Rachel Thompson (University of Sydney), Mr Sascha Karunaratne (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), Mr Min Jiat Teng (Concrod Hospital), Mrs Caitlin Jones (IMH), Professor Christopher Maher (IMH).
This study has received funding from Arthritis Australia and ethics approval from the Ethics Review Committee (RPAH Zone) of the Sydney Local Health District.
For more information on this IMH trial, please contact Dr Joshua Zadro.