Does Splinting Prevent Contractures Following Stroke?

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
University of Western Sydney Identifier:
First received: February 1, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: January 2006
History: No changes posted

After a stroke, many people develop contracture of the muscles in their affected wrist and hand which leads to a permanently clenched, painful hand. A contracture is often treated by therapists who use hand splinting to prevent it occurring or slow down its progression. Despite their wide use, there has not been research completed to investigate whether or not splinting prevents contracture in people following stroke. In fact, this project will be the first of its kind in the world and is therefore vital to stroke rehabilitation.

The study is a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial that will measure the effect of hand-splinting in two positions on the prevention of contracture, functional use of the hand, and quality of life.

Condition Intervention
Cerebrovascular Accident
Device: hand splint

Study Type: Interventional

Further study details as provided by University of Western Sydney:

Estimated Enrollment: 63
Study Start Date: October 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2004

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • first ever stroke
  • score of <1 on Motor Assessment Scale item 6

Exclusion Criteria:

  • comorbidity resulting in previous contracture of the wrist/hand
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00286702

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Western Sydney
Principal Investigator: Natasha Lannin, BSc(OT) University of Western Sydney
Study Chair: Anne Cusick, PhD University of Western Sydney
  More Information Identifier: NCT00286702     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HEC 01/166 
Study First Received: February 1, 2006
Last Updated: February 1, 2006
Health Authority: Australia: Australian Human Research Ethics Committee (NHMRC)

Keywords provided by University of Western Sydney:
Occupational Therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
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