Outcomes of Compliance With Brace Wear in Clubfoot
It has been shown that compliance with brace wear can significantly improve the treatment outcome of idiopathic clubfoot deformities. Noncompliance rates have been estimated to be around 30-41% with initial orthosis wear after successful treatment with serial castings. These studies have depended on family logs and not objective data. With the development of a monitoring device, this study hopes to examine: (1) actual patient compliance, (2) comparisons of actual wear time and assumed wear time and (3) the relationship of patient wear with clinical outcomes.
Actual patient compliance in FAO wear is less than self-reported compliance and noncompliance is correlated to future surgeries.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Measurement of Compliance in Clubfoot Bracing Via a Novel Pressure Sensor|
- hours per day in brace [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Hours per day in brace will be measured by pressure sensor at the end of month 1, month 2 and month 3. Parent report of bracewear will also be documented at each of these timepoints.
|Study Start Date:||October 2009|
Functioning Pressure Sensor Group
This group will have a functioning pressure sensor placed on the foot ankle orthosis. The group will be blinded as to whether or not the sensor is functioning.
Non-Functioning Pressure Sensor Group
This group will have a non-functioning pressure sensor (a placebo) placed on the foot ankle orthosis. The group will be blinded as to whether or not the sensor is functioning.
No Sensor Group
This group will not have a pressure sensor placed on the foot ankle orthosis.
It is necessary that treatment teams avoid making any assumptions about patient compliance. This study will objectively measure brace wear-rate in patients with clubfoot that have already been prescribed a foot ankle orthosis. The use of a monitoring device will be able to give objective data on actual patient compliance with brace wear. It is hypothesized that objective compliance data will allow physicians to better assess the patient's therapy progress and outcome, troubleshoot problems or issues associated with barriers to brace wear, and better educate families confronted with having a child with clubfoot. Long term goals will then attempt to determine whether certain brace designs can increase wear time thus decreasing the rate of clubfoot recurrence.
|Contact: Rebecca Davisemail@example.com|
|United States, Kentucky|
|Shriners Hospital for Children||Recruiting|
|Lexington, Kentucky, United States, 40502|
|Contact: Rebecca Davis 859-268-5705 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Principal Investigator: Todd A Milbrandt, MD|
|Principal Investigator:||Todd A Milbrandt, MD||Shriners Hospital for Children|