|This hospital is taking
part in an international study to try to find ways to improve recovery
after head injury.
In this hospital,
patients with head injury are given the usual emergency treatment for
head injury. They are also given, by a drip into the arm, a treatment
as part of a study that is trying to find ways to improve recovery after
The treatment in
the drip is saline with either an active steroid (called methylprednisolone)
or an inactive, dummy medicine included in it. The choice of what
to give was made randomly by a computer in Oxford. The doctors looking
after you do not know whether you got the active or the inactive medicine.
This information is kept on a confidential list at another hospital.
All patients in the
study, whether or not they got steroids, get the best care available.
The steroid may help
recovery by slightly reducing the brain swelling that can occur after
head injury. But steroids may make people slightly more prone to
infection. We hope to find that steroids do a little more good than
harm, but we don't yet know this. The study is being carried out in hospitals
in Britain as well as overseas, and will include many hundreds of patients
with head injury.
The study involves
no extra tests, but we send brief details about how you have been in hospital
to the trial centre in London, and about six months after your injury,
we will contact you to ask how you are getting on. This information
would be used in strict confidence by the people working on the study
and would not be released under any circumstances.
If you have any questions
about your care, please ask your doctor.