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2022 Apr 07

BMJ Open



Early exercise in blunt chest wall trauma: protocol for a mixed-methods, multicentre, parallel randomised controlled trial (ELECT2 trial).


Battle C, Charnock A, Davies S, Davies S, Dawson T, Driscoll T, Evans PA, Fitzsimmons D, Harris S, Jones K, Lecky F E, O'Neill C, Prosser J, Toghill H, Watkins A, Hutchings H A
BMJ Open. 2022 Apr 07; 12(4):e060055.
PMID: 35393332.


Chronic pain and disability are now well-recognised long-term complications of blunt chest wall trauma. Limited research exists regarding therapeutic interventions that can be used to address these complications. A recent feasibility study was completed testing the methods of a definitive trial. This protocol describes the proposed definitive trial, the aim of which is to investigate the impact of an early exercise programme on chronic pain and disability in patients with blunt chest wall trauma.