The CORKA study is a trial looking at a functional home based rehabilitation programme for patients who may be at risk of poor outcome after knee replacement. Participants were randomised to one of two arms, ‘home-based rehabilitation’ or ‘Usual Care’. Those in the usual care arm received 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 received 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 outcome 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.
On 22nd January 2018 CORKA reached its target of 620 participants, recruited at 14 Hospitals in England. The CORKA study is funded by the HTA Programme. Follow up will finish in December 2018 and the results will be disseminated in December 2019.