OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to present the design of the trial and to provide transparency into the dynamic treatment protocol used.
PATIENTS: Patients with whiplash-associated disorders grade I and II who still have symptoms and disabilities 4 weeks after the accident.
INTERVENTIONS: A dynamic treatment protocol consisting of 4 different subprotocols. The primary aim is to increase their activities and to improve their quality of life. Content and intensity of treatment are described.
Outcome measures: The primary outcome measures are pain and disability. The short-term effects are measured at 12 weeks and long-term effects at 1 year after the trauma.
CONCLUSION: To date, generally the effect of one intervention compared to another intervention has been examined. In our opinion, this cannot be considered as usual care for physiotherapy or general practice. Therefore, a dynamic treatment protocol has been developed to structure the black box of usual physiotherapy and general practice treatment. The results of this trial will be available in 0.5 year.
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