Use of a Self-Directed Exercise Program (SDEP) Following Selected Lower Extremity Fractures: A randomized clinical trial

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The purpose of this study is to compare the effectiveness and value of clinic-based PT and a home-based, self-directed exercise program (SDEP). The home exercise program will be developed by a team of physical therapists, orthopaedic trauma surgeons and experts in rehabilitation engagement in collabortion with patients recovering from traumatic lower-extremity injuries. The study will also determine which subgroups of individuals based on patient and injury characteristics are the best candidates for a home exercise program. Hypothesis: The overall hypothesis is that return to work/major activities as well as clinical and functional outcomes and health-related quality of life for patients who receive clinic-based PT will be similar to patients receiving SDEP. Specific Aim 1: To compare the effectiveness of SDEP, exercise instructions given by physician and clinic-based PT for improving return to work/major activities, clinical and functional/performance outcomes and health-related quality of life in patients following selected lower-extremity fractures. Specific Aim 2: To determine which sub-groups of patients, based on patient and injury characteristics, are most likely to benefit from SDEP. Specific Aim 3: To compare the cost-effectiveness of clinic-based PT and SDEP.
Effective start/end date4/27/1910/4/22


  • Atrium Health: $12,100.00


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