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A mixed methods study to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of a self-managed exercise programme versus usual physiotherapy for chronic rotator cuff disorders: protocol for the SELF study

  • Chris Littlewood1Email author,
  • Jon Ashton2,
  • Sue Mawson3,
  • Stephen May4 and
  • Stephen Walters1
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders201213:62

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2474-13-62

Received: 24 February 2012

Accepted: 30 April 2012

Published: 30 April 2012

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30 Apr 2012 Editorially accepted
30 Apr 2012 Article published 10.1186/1471-2474-13-62

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Authors’ Affiliations

School of Health & Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court
Physiotherapy Services, Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (CLAHRC) for South Yorkshire, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University