Condition category
Nutritional, Metabolic, Endocrine
Date applied
28/09/2007
Date assigned
28/09/2007
Last edited
21/12/2011
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Mrs Catherine Alexandra Sandsund

ORCID ID

Contact details

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust
Sydney Street
London
SW3 6NP
United Kingdom
+44 020 7352 8121 (X4925)
c.sandsund@ucl.ac.uk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

N0201189486

Study information

Scientific title

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Do gentle mobilisations to the bones of the rib cage and treatment of the muscles in the surrounding areas improve lung function (forced expiratory volume in one second) in adults with cystic fibrosis?

Ethics approval

Approved by by Brompton, Harefield & NHLI Ethics Committee on 27/11/2006.REC reference number: 06/Q0404/81.

Study design

Randomised controlled pilot study

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Treatment

Patient information sheet

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

Condition

Nutritional, Metabolic, Endocrine: Cystic fibrosis

Intervention

The Patient Advocate for Cystic Fibrosis, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, the Senior Research Fellow in Physiotherapy, Dr Jennifer Pryor, and Senior Medical Consultant of the Department of Cystic Fibrosis, Professor Margaret Hodson, have participated in the formulation of the proposal. Professor Margaret Hodson, Dr Khin Gyi and Dr Sarah Elkin have agreed that their patients may be invited to participate in the study when it has received ethical approval.

Hypothesis:
The inclusion of a series of physiotherapy joint and muscle movement techniques (musculoskeletal) techniques to current optimal care for the treatment of people with cystic fibrosis will lead to short term improvements in lung function, posture and exercise capacity.

Methodology:
1.Written informed consent will be obtained for all subjects before entering the study.
2.Up to twenty patients will be randomised to a control group, to continue with their normal optimal care, or to a treatment group where they will receive musculoskeletal physiotherapy sessions once a week, for six weeks, at Royal Brompton Hospital in addition to their current optimal care.
3. An independent observer (blind to the subject's randomisation) will, after consent is signed, collect the baseline data, undertake the tests for exercise capacity, the measurements for posture and chest wall mobility, and administer the qualitative questionnaires for pain and for quality of life related to physical functioning.
4.The independent observer will then undertake repeated measurements of lung function, exercise capacity, posture, chest wall mobility, and administer the qualitative questionnaires for pain and for quality of life related to physical functioning for all subjects at week three, six and twelve.
5. Full lung function tests will be undertaken in the Lung Function Laboratory (with the physiologist blind to the subject's randomisation) at baseline and after the six-week treatment period. When possible the subject's annual review lung function data will be used as the baseline measurement, to avoid duplication of these tests.
6. At the end point of the study subjects will be asked to complete a questionnaire.

The study will take place over twelve weeks from recruitment to final assessment. The
treatment and control groups will attend four times for a total of one hour for assessment.
The treatment group will also attend six treatment sessions which will take up to one hour. Two of those sessions will be on the same day as the independent measurements and will therefore take approximately two hours for the treatment group.

Statistical analysis:
The statistical analysis has been discussed with Mr Michael Roughton, Statistician, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust and Imperial College London and his advice taken.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Specified

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

For the treatment group, outcome measures will be taken 30 minutes after treatment. For the control group these will be taken 15 to 30 minutes after arrival for assessment. The primary outcome measure will be forced expiratory volume in one second.

Secondary outcome measures

1. Other measures of lung function: forced vital capacity, peak expiratory flow rate, residual volume as a percent of total lung capacity
2. Modified shuttle test, monitoring oxygen saturation and heart rate and Borg CR10 scale of perceived exertion
3. Visual analogue scale for pain: a qualitative subjective assessment using a 10-centimeter scale
4. The Cystic Fibrosis Quality of Life Questionnaire, section one: physical functioning (Questionnaire I)
5. Flexi curve measurements of posture in standing
6. Chest wall excursion measurements using a tape measure for the circumference of the chest wall at axilla (armpit) and xiphisternal (lower chest) level
7. A questionnaire using a series of visual analogue scales with room for individual comment (Questionnaire II)

Overall trial start date

14/12/2006

Overall trial end date

09/07/2008

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

Added June 2008:

1. Reported postural changes, stiffness, discomfort and/or pain of musculoskeletal origin in the thoracic spine or chest wall
2. Diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (confirmed by genotype or a sweat sodium concentration of >70mmol/l or sweat chloride of >60mmol/l)
3. Sixteen years of age or over
4. Patients in a stable clinical state with lung function at the time of entry that is within 10% of the mean of the last two recordings (separated by at least one month).
5. Forced Expiratory Volume in 1 second (FEV1) ≥30% predicted at time of entry to the study

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Not Specified

Target number of participants

20

Participant exclusion criteria

Added June 2008:
1. Evidence of a current respiratory exacerbation (worsening) as defined by Thornton et al. 2004
2. Cor pulmonale (right heart failure)
3. Low bone density (Z score < -3)(WHO Study Group 1994)
4. Previous history of spontaneous fractures
5. Past history of spinal fracture or other known arthopathic (joint) or spinal disease process
6. Currently undergoing musculoskeletal (physiotherapy, chiropractic or osteopathic) treatment
7. Pregnancy
8. Inability to give consent
9. Current enrolment in another research trial

Recruitment start date

14/12/2006

Recruitment end date

09/07/2008

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust
London
SW3 6NP
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

Record Provided by the NHSTCT Register - 2007 Update - Department of Health

Sponsor details

The Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NL
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7307 2622
dhmail@doh.gsi.org.uk

Sponsor type

Government

Website

http://www.dh.gov.uk/Home/fs/en

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust (UK)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

No External Funding

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

NHS R&D Support Funding

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

1. 2011 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21820539

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Sandsund CA, Roughton M, Hodson ME, Pryor JA, Musculoskeletal techniques for clinically stable adults with cystic fibrosis: a preliminary randomised controlled trial., Physiotherapy, 2011, 97, 3, 209-217, doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2010.08.016.

Additional files

Editorial Notes