The BOSTAA supported project had its final workshop on January 14th 2023. Twenty-four participants attended from around the UK, and included healthcare professionals from different backgrounds (Orthopaedics, Radiology, ED Physiotherapy, Outpatient Physiotherapy, Rheumatology, Sports and Exercise Medicine), patients and carers. Attendance was from across the United Kingdom and included both adults and a child. There were also 3 advisors from the James Lind Alliance and 2 observers.

The workshop involved everyone working in small, mixed groups throughout the day. The groups were changed throughout the day for each round of prioritisation. Twenty-seven questions were discussed in the final workshop; these came from the interim survey which was closed in November 2022. Once all 27 questions were ranked, the JLA Advisors scored each question and the results determined the Top 10.

The Top 10 research priorities are as follows:

  • How urgently do soft tissue knee injuries need to be treated for the best outcome?
  • What are the implications of soft tissue knee injuries on future knee disease?
  • What makes an effective soft tissue knee injury prevention programme?
  • What is the impact of treatment delays on soft tissue knee outcomes and satisfaction ?
  • When should operative vs non-operative management for common soft tissue knee injuries be performed?
  • What is the best management for children and adolescents with new ACL injuries?
  • What is the best way to diagnose soft tissue knee injuries?
  • Does blood in the knee joint cause damage and should it be aspirated (joint swelling reduced with a needle) following a soft tissue knee injury?
  • Should braces be given for soft tissue knee injuries?
  • What is the best rehabilitation for common soft tissue knee injuries?


The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) have been informed of the results via the James Lind Alliance. The Steering Group will continue to support any organisations and individuals who are keen to pursue research in these areas. For more information, please visit