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Senior Falls Prevention Study

This study has been completed.
NorthWest Orthopaedic Institute
Spokane Regional Health District
University of Washington
Senior Services of Seattle/King County
Information provided by:
Washington State, Department of Health Identifier:
First received: July 29, 2005
Last updated: NA
Last verified: July 2005
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of a best practice model for senior falls prevention when implemented in a community setting.

Condition Intervention
Falls Among Older Adults
Behavioral: Exercise, education and medical management

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Targeted Injury Prevention Program: Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

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Further study details as provided by Washington State, Department of Health:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in the incidence of falls, reported once a month over a one year follow-up period.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in lower body strength, balance and mobility measured at baseline and repeated at the end of a one year follow-up period.

Estimated Enrollment: 453
Study Start Date: September 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2005
Detailed Description:

This study will measure differences in the incidence of falls and fall risk factors among subjects assigned to an intervention group and a control group. Subjects in the intervention group will receive a multi-faceted intervention based on best practices. Subjects in the control group will receive written fall prevention education materials. Fall monitoring will be conducted for subjects in both groups.

Specific components of the intervention will include:

  • an individual fall risk assessment;
  • exercise with balance and strength training;
  • education on how to reduce falls and fall risk factors; and
  • recommendations for medical care management of identified fall risk factors.

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 65 years of age or older;
  • Live in the community in a house, apartment, or retirement center;
  • Able to speak and understand English;
  • Able to walk without the physical assistance of another person (using an assistive device, such as a cane or walker, is ok);
  • Able to participate in a falls prevention program for 12 months;
  • Able to participate in exercise classes that meet 3 times per week for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Able to provide their own transportation and be a year-round resident;
  • Have a health care provider that they had seen within the past three years;
  • Able to see and hear another person from a distance of 10 to 12 feet.
  • Able to complete a 10-foot Timed Up and Go Test in < 30 seconds.
  • Able to complete the Pfeiffer Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire with fewer than 5 errors.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participated in regular, moderate exercise during the past 3 months (Regular exercise means physical activity that is done 30 minutes or longer, 3 or more times a week. Moderate exercise includes any physical activity that makes the heart beat faster or makes a person breathe harder or sweat, such as brisk walking, active gardening, or climbing stairs.)
  • Has Parkinson disease or multiple sclerosis;
  • Is under doctor’s orders to restrict activity level.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00126152

United States, Washington
Spokane Regional Health District
Spokane, Washington, United States, 99201
Northwest Orthopaedic Institute
Tacoma, Washington, United States, 98401
Sponsors and Collaborators
Washington State, Department of Health
NorthWest Orthopaedic Institute
Spokane Regional Health District
University of Washington
Senior Services of Seattle/King County
Principal Investigator: Mary K LeMier, MPH Washingon State Department of Health, Injury & Violence Prevention Program
Principal Investigator: Ilene F Silver, MPH Washington State Department of Health, Injury & Violence Prevention Program
  More Information Identifier: NCT00126152     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: U17/CCU022310
Study First Received: July 29, 2005
Last Updated: July 29, 2005

Keywords provided by Washington State, Department of Health:
Fall Risk Factors
Older Adults processed this record on April 26, 2017