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The prevention of shoulder problems study prosper

The Prevention Of Shoulder Problems Trial (PROSPER) is a randomised controlled trial comparing physiotherapy-led exercise versus usual care in women at high risk of shoulder problems after breast cancer treatment.

The hypothesis for the study is that an early supervised exercise programme delivered to women at high risk of subsequent shoulder problems after breast cancer surgery can improve upper arm function and health-related quality of life, reduce disability, pain and other adverse events, 12 months after treatment.

The overall aim of the study is to investigate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of early supervised exercise compared to usual care, on outcomes of shoulder/arm function, chronic pain and health-related quality of life after treatment for breast cancer.

The trial is being led by the University of Warwick and you can get further details from the Warwick Medical School website here.


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