Stratified Care - workpackage 3 (TAPS)

Chief Investigator:

Prof Nadine Foster

Principal Investigator:

Dr Jonathan Hill

Study Co-ordinator:

Stephanie Tooth

Funder name / reference number: NIHR Programme grant for applied research (PGfAR)
Year Over 1.5 years

Study design

Internal pilot of a cluster randomised controlled trial involving 8 GP practices

Primary objective

Over a 3 month period, ensure the screening tool, matched treatment options and clinician support packages are feasible for use in routine GP care with engaged GPs.

Secondary aims:-

1. Optimise GP engagement and use of the intervention

2. Test recruitment and questionnaire completion assumptions

3. Test for evidence of selection bias in the sample recruited


The active intervention is stratified care involving the STarT MSK Tool and matched treatment options for patients at low, medium and high risk of persistent disabling pain. The control treatment is usual GP care.