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Background and study aims
Hip replacement surgery is common, with over 86,000 cases in England and Wales in 2012. After surgery about 1% patients develop a deep infection in their artificial hip, called a prosthetic joint infection (PJI). If left untreated PJI can result in severe pain, disability and death. When an infection is found, there are two types of surgical treatment: a 1-stage revision involves removing the joint, thoroughly cleaning the infected area and implanting a new joint immediately; a 2-stage revision involves removing the joint, and delaying re-implantation for 3 to 6 months whilst treating with antibiotics. Both treatments are widely used but we don’t know which has the best long-term outcomes for patients. The aim of this project is to determine if there is any difference in patient reported outcomes (pain, stiffness or physical function) after 1-stage or 2-stage revision hip surgery for PJI.

Who can participate?
Patients that have a prosthetic joint infection that needs surgery.

What does the study involve?
Participants are randomly allocated into one of two groups. Those in group 1 have 1-stage revision surgery. Those in group 2 have 2-stage revision surgery. All participants are then followed up for the next 18 months. They are asked to complete questionnaires every 3 months, to assess their hip pain and function, quality of life and any costs incurred during their treatment. They attend two appointments with a research nurse to complete questionnaires and a walk test. A small number of participants and surgeons are also interviewed about their experiences of treatment and participation in the trial. Participants who decide against the randomised trial are asked to join a monitoring group. This group have treatment-as-usual, and then complete questionnaires at home. The monitoring group provide important information on the wider population of patients with hip PJI, including patient reported outcomes, control of infection and adverse events.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Not provided at time of registration

Where is the study run from?
A total of six orthopaedic centres in England and Wales (UK)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
January 2015 to January 2017

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (UK)

Who is the main contact?
Mr Simon Strange

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Mr Simon Strange


Contact details

INFORM Programme Manager
Musculoskeletal Research Unit
Level 1
Learning and Research
Southmead Hospital
BS10 5NB
United Kingdom

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Study information

Scientific title

A multicentred randomised trial to compare 1-stage with 2-stage revision surgery for prosthetic hip joint infection


Study hypothesis

The aim of this project is to determine if there is any difference in patient reported outcomes (pain, stiffness or physical function) after 1-stage or 2-stage revision hip surgery for prosthetic joint infection (PJI).

More details can be found here:

Ethics approval

NRES Committee South-West - Frenchay, 31/12/2014, ref: 14/SW/1166

Study design

Randomised; Interventional and Observational; Design type: Not specified, Treatment, Qualitative

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Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

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Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use contact details to request a patient information sheet


Topic: Surgery; Subtopic: Surgery; Disease: All Surgery


Revision hip surgery
1-stage or 2-stage revision for infected prosthetic hip joint; Follow Up Length: 18 month(s)

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Primary outcome measures

Patient reported hip pain, stiffness, function; Timepoint(s): WOMAC at 18 months post-randomisation

Secondary outcome measures

1. Quality of Life (Euroquol EQ-5D-5L and HOOS)
2. All hip related complications (including continuing and reinfection) throughout study period
3. Post-op pain (Brief Pain Inventory)
4. Patient reported hip function (Oxford Hip Score);
5. Objective measure of hip function (20 metre timed walk test)
6. Depression and Anxiety (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Score)
7. Cost-effectiveness of interventions (Health resource use)

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Participant inclusion criteria

1. Age 18 or above
2. A clinical diagnosis of prosthetic hip joint infection
3. Require revision surgery (either 1-stage or 2-stage) to treat prosthetic hip joint infection, in the opinion of the treating consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Target Gender: Male & Female ; Lower Age Limit 18 years

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Target number of participants

Planned Sample Size: 228; UK Sample Size: 228; Description: RCT - 148 patients (est. 123 England and 25 Wales)Monitoring group - approx 80 participants

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Unable or unwilling to undergo either 1-stage or 2-stage revision surgery
2. Lack capacity to give written informed consent

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

North Bristol NHS Trust
Trust Headquarters Beckspool Road Frenchay
B16 1JE
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


North Bristol NHS Trust

Sponsor details

Research & Innovation
Floor 3 Learning & Research Building
Southmead Hospital
BS10 5NB
United Kingdom

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Hospital/treatment centre



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National Institute for Health Research

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Funding Body Type

government organisation

Funding Body Subtype

Federal/National Government


United Kingdom

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

1. Protocol paper: Feb 2015
2. Trial results paper: Dec 2018
3. Cost-effectiveness analysis paper: Dec 2018
4. Dissemination of Best Practice Guidance: Jan 2019

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Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2016 protocol in:

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Editorial Notes

18/02/2016: Publication reference added.