The protocol for the CSAW Trial (Can Shoulder Arthroscopy Work, Chief Investigators Professors David Beard and Andrew Carr) has been published in the Trials journal. The publication marks the hard work done by all of the CSAW team and reflects SITU’s attempts towards the transparent reporting of trials. The protocol, which documents the background and rationale, methods and design of the trial, is the core document for the trial, around which all other outputs are developed. Also published in Trials is a study flowchart and the qualitative recruitment investigation (QRI) which supplemented the main CSAW study. The CSAW study, which has now been closed for recruitment (after reaching its target of recruiting 300 patients) was open across 32 sites in the UK. Naomi Merritt, trial coordinator, has been visiting the sites involved in CSAW to ensure the quality and completeness of the data that they collected, and to touch base with all of the site staff.
Our congratulations go out to the study team both centrally and at the sites for all their hard work on the CSAW Trial.