SCIENCE is a study is trying to improve the treatment of children who have a broken bone in the elbow called an ‘epicondyle fracture’.Read more
This study will compare the two commonly used treatments used across the UK.Read more
Your child has got this type of broken bone.Read more
You are free to decide if you want your child to take partRead more
What will happen if my child takes part?Read more
Your child will either be treated with a cast or splint, or with an operation.Read more
Each of these routinely used treatments has potential advantages and disadvantages.Read more
You and your child can leave the study at any time.Read more
We will involve around 334 children and young people from across the UK, with the same injury as your child/relative.
We will treat about 167 children by resting the arm in plaster cast for up to 4 weeks, to allow it to heal by itself.
We will treat about another 167 children with surgery to fix the bone, usually with a screw and resting the arm in a splint or cast for up to 4 weeks.
Dan, SCIENCE study doctor
The way we compare the treatments fairly is to create two groups of children who are the same, by a process called randomisation. You can’t choose the treatment, and neither can the doctors, otherwise the groups would not be the same. When we have groups of patients who are as identical as possible, we can then compare them fairly in terms of outcomes.