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Use of a Vibrotactile Sensory Prosthesis in Patients With Postural Imbalance and Spatial Disorientation

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2005 by Imperial College London.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Medical Research Council
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First received: September 5, 2005
Last updated: November 10, 2016
Last verified: September 2005
The investigators propose to explore the hypothesis that vibrotactile channels for indicating spatial orientation can be exploited as a sensory prosthesis. The specific research applications will be used for guiding visual orientation, to provide alternative feedback to vision and vestibular signals for controlling balance, and for directional and lateralisation cueing in patients with neglect syndromes. The programme will study whether vibrotactile feedback improves performance and also if it speeds rehabilitation when used as an adjunct to conventional therapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Vestibular Diseases
Peripheral Neuropathies
Proprioceptive Disorders
Hemispatial Neglect
Device: Vibrotactile feedback
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Evaluation of a Vibrotactile Sensory Aid Developed by the US Navy to Combat Pilot Disorientation as a Prosthesis in Patients With Postural Imbalance and Spatial Disorientation

Further study details as provided by Imperial College London:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Mean time reaction to the perturbation with the feedback

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: January 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2007

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Sensory impairments
  • Unsteadiness

Exclusion Criteria:

  • High strokes
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00146952

United Kingdom
Charing Cross Hospital
London, United Kingdom, W6 8RF
Sponsors and Collaborators
Imperial College London
Medical Research Council
Principal Investigator: Michael A Gresty, Pr Imperial College London
Study Director: Adolfo M Bronstein, Pr, MD Imperial College London
Study Director: Christopher Kennard, Pr, MD Imperial College London
Study Director: Masud Husain, Dr Imperial College London
  More Information Identifier: NCT00146952     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DNMCA-PR1077 
Study First Received: September 5, 2005
Last Updated: November 10, 2016

Keywords provided by Imperial College London:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Somatosensory Disorders
Vestibular Diseases
Perceptual Disorders
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Sensation Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Labyrinth Diseases
Ear Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases processed this record on February 20, 2017