CORKA is an NIHR HTA funded trial to investigate rehabilitation after joint replacement of the knee. The trial is a prospective individually randomised controlled trial with blinded outcome assessment at baseline, 6 and 12 months. The study will also include a qualitative and a health economic analysis.
Participants will be randomised to one of two arms, 'home-based rehabilitation' or 'usual care'. Those in the usual care arm will receive a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 6 sessions of physiotherapy as delivered locally, e.g. class, one to one, etc. Those in the intervention arm will receive 7 sessions of a functional rehabilitation programme over a 12 week timescale. The intervention will be delivered using physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants in the participants' home. Participants will be followed up at 6 months and 12 months.
The primary objective for the CORKA trial is to compare the patient reported functional outcome and quality of life of the CORKA trial rehabilitation protocol versus standard care in participants at risk of poor outcome after knee replacement.
CORKA is led by Dr Karen Barker (Clinical Director and Head of Physiotherapy, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre) with Professor Sallie Lamb as co-investigator. You can read more about the trial here.