The PEDro prize is awarded to the person who presents the best report of a randomised controlled trial at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress. The award recognises the achievements of researchers who conduct high quality, clinically important randomised controlled trials. To be eligible, the presentation must have been a primary report for a completed randomised controlled trial that evaluates the effects of a physiotherapy intervention.
Judging was carried out by a panel of international trialists. Scoring was based on quality (risk of bias, size, design and analysis of the trial) as well as significance (importance of the findings for clinical practice).
The WCPT 2019 Congress winner was Ianthe Boden for her State of the Art Platform presentation titled “Incidence of Complications after Emergency Abdominal surgery Get Exercising (ICEAGE) trial: a multi-centre double-blinded randomised controlled trial”. The trial concluded that, compared to standard-care, enhanced postoperative physiotherapy halved respiratory complications within the first 14 postoperative days.
The results of the trial will be published soon, and we are looking forward to indexing this article in PEDro. Links to the trial protocol and trial registration are provided below.
Boden I, et al. ICEAGE (Incidence of Complications following Emergency Abdominal surgery: Get Exercising): study protocol of a pragmatic, multicentre, randomised controlled trial testing physiotherapy for the prevention of complications and improved physical recovery after emergency abdominal surgery. World J Emerg Surg 2018;13(29):Epub
Pictured are Associate Professor Anne Moseley, Ianthe Boden and Professor Rob Herbert after the announcement of the prize in the Closing Ceremony of the WCPT 2019 Congress in Geneva.