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The MINT trial was led by Professor Sallie Lamb at the University of Warwick. The project was funded by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme and involved a randomised controlled trial of treatments for whiplash injuries.

MINT suggested that enhanced psycho-educational interventions in emergency departments are no more effective than usual care advice in reducing the burden of acute whiplash injuries.

A physiotherapy package provided to people who had persisting symptoms within the first 6 weeks of injury produced additional short-term benefits in neck disability compared with a single physiotherapy advice session.

However, from a healthcare perspective, the physiotherapy package was not cost-effective at current levels of willingness to pay. Both experimental treatments were associated with increased cost with no discernible gain in health-related quality of life. However, an important benefit of the physiotherapy package was a reduction in work days lost; consequently, the intervention may prove cost-effective at the societal level. 

This trial is closed and results were published in December 2012. Read the final report.