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Registration number
Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
An investigation of the effectiveness of prolonged taping of scars to improve their appaerance following surgery
Scientific title
Does taping wounds on the trunk post-operatively reduce wound spread and increase patient satisfaction with the scar?
Secondary ID [1] 728 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Appearance of post-operative scars on the trunk 3496 0
Condition category
Condition code
Other 3650 3650 0 0
Conditions of unknown or disputed aetiology (such as chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis)

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Tapes applied to wound immediately after surgery and for 12 weeks therafter. Patients are required to change tapes once per week or sooner if they become loose or soiled. We are using 10mm x100mm "leukostrips" which are manufactured by Smith & Nephew
Intervention code [1] 3217 0
Treatment: Devices
Comparator / control treatment
Identical surgical technique (including closure with deep and superficial sututres) but no tapes applied to wound post-operatively
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 4553 0
Width and general appaerance of scar (measured by a blinded assessor)
Timepoint [1] 4553 0
3 and 6 months following surgery
Secondary outcome [1] 7703 0
Patient satisfaction with appaerance of scar. The Likert scale will be used
Timepoint [1] 7703 0
3 and 6 months following surgery

Key inclusion criteria
Minor surgery to skin on torso that would result in a wound of at least 8mm.
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
80 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
1)Lesions on the back where there is no-one available to help with tape application
2) Physical disability that would restrict ability to comply with the intervention
3)Mental disability preventing informed consent
4)Chronic cough
5)Concurrent use of immunosupreesive drugs
6)Known tendency to keloid scarring
7)Known allergy to sutures, tapes or dressings to be used for study
8)Flap surgery
9)Excision of subcutaneous lesions

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
All eligible patients requiring surgery to the torso informed of study during consultation prior to surgery appointment. Informed consent signed by those wishing to partake in study. Sequentially numbered (corresponding to participant study number)sealed opaque envelopes containing details of intervention or control group allocation only opened after the surgery has been completed. Thus the doctor and staff are all blinded to patient study group until after surgical intervention completed.
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Computer generated random sequence of study group allocation done in blocks of six. Details of study group allocation sealed in sequentially numbered opaque envelopes within the Department of General Practice, University of Queensland prior to patient recruitment.
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 3668 0
Government body
Name [1] 3668 0
Primary Health Care Research and Development (PHCRED)
Address [1] 3668 0
Department of General practice
Edith Cavell Building, University of Queensland, Herston Rd, Herston, QLD 4072
Country [1] 3668 0
Primary sponsor type
Commercial sector/Industry
Skin Alert
PO Box 6972
Tweed heads
NSW 2486
Secondary sponsor category [1] 3295 0
Name [1] 3295 0
Address [1] 3295 0
Country [1] 3295 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 6004 0
Human ethics
Ethics committee address [1] 6004 0
Research and Research Training Division,
Cumbrae-Stewart Building (#72)
Brisbane QLD 4072
Ethics committee country [1] 6004 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 6004 0
Approval date [1] 6004 0
Ethics approval number [1] 6004 0

Brief summary
Several studies have shown that scars on the torso look worse than elsewhere and lead to poor subjective scar satisfaction. We hypothesise that using tapes applied perpendicular across wounds on the torso immediately following surgery and continued for several weeks will result in better looking scars and increased patient satisfaction with the scar.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 28801 0
Address 28801 0
Country 28801 0
Phone 28801 0
Fax 28801 0
Email 28801 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 11958 0
Dr Helena Rosengren
Address 11958 0
Skin Alert
149 charters towers Rd
Hyde Park
QLD 4812
Country 11958 0
Phone 11958 0
07 47250473
Fax 11958 0
07 47251937
Email 11958 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 2886 0
Dr Helena Rosengren
Address 2886 0
Skin Alert
149 charters towers Rd
Hyde Park
QLD 4812
Country 2886 0
Phone 2886 0
07 47250473
Fax 2886 0
07 47251937
Email 2886 0

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Summary results
No Results