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The SPINOUT-F trial has been given the green light and is now open to recruitment.

Back pain related to spinal disorders is one of the most common conditions requiring surgery in the NHS. There is currently no agreement about the best surgical treatment for these patients.

To provide evidence for continuing surgical practice, a multicentre RCT is required. However, it is unsure if this would be feasible in the NHS, given both surgeon and patient preference for treatments. SPINOUT-F is a feasibility study funded by the NIHR RfPB to assess if a large trial is possible. The study is sponsored by the University of Oxford and is managed by SITU, and run through OCTRU. Mr Dominique Rothenfluh is the Chief Investigator and the study will run out of 5 sites in England (Oxford, Bristol, RNOH, Birmingham & Exeter).