The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital is involved with a number of clinical trials. Clinical trials are research studies involving people. They test whether particular treatments are safe and how well they work.
We need to know: Does a treatment work? Does it work better than other treatments? Does it have any side effects? Clinical trials are designed to answer these questions and improve health and quality of life for patients.
Until well-designed trials have been carried out, we simply do not have enough evidence to know if a treatment is both effective and safe. Without trials, there is a risk that people will be given treatments which do not work and which may even be harmful. Experimenting and testing have long been a part of medicine, and there are many different kinds of trial.