The SARAH (Strengthening And Stretching For Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand) trial contacted 490 people who had problems with their hands and wrists as a result of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). They then either received usual care (between 1 and 3 sessions of advice with a hand therapist) or the SARAH exercise programme (6 sessions of supervised exercises with a hand therapist). We are pleased to inform you that this trial was able to reach valuable conclusions about these different treatments.
The SARAH trial was looking at two approaches to treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) affecting the hands. It compared the provision of joint protection advice with joint protection advice in addition to an exercise programme for the hands and arms. All people who entered the trial received joint protection advice, with half of all people in the study also undertaking the exercise programme.