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A Study of Why People With Early Memory Problems Fall or Almost Fall

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 January 2010 by University of Saskatchewan.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
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University of Saskatchewan Identifier:
First received: February 13, 2007
Last updated: January 8, 2010
Last verified: January 2010
The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that are associated with falls and near falls in community-dwelling older adults with early-stage dementia.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Factors Associated With Falls and Near-Falls in Community Dwelling Older Adults With Early-Stage Dementia

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Further study details as provided by University of Saskatchewan:

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: August 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2009
Memory problems
No memory problems

Detailed Description:
The specific objectives of this six month study are to: characterize falls and near-falls in community dwelling older adults with early-stage dementia; determine which potentially modifiable physical fall risk factors contribute to falls and near-falls in older adults with early-stage dementia; examine the relationship between dementia sub-type, medical and neuropsychological factors, balance and gait, and falls and near-falls in community dwelling older adults with early-stage dementia.

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Community sample

Inclusion Criteria:

  • males or females over the age of 50 with early-stage dementia as described by Global Deterioration Scale levels 2,3,4 or 5.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • subjects who have a medical condition that significantly predispose them to falls (Meneire's disease or Parkinson's disease)
  • subjects without a caregiver/spouse to assist with the completion of a Fall Diary
  • subjects unable to stand independently or safely walk a short distance either unaided or with the support of an assistive device
  • subjects unable to safely complete the balance and gait evaluations.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00434889

Contact: Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, Ph.D 306-966-6570

Canada, Saskatchewan
School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan Recruiting
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, S7N 0W3
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation
Principal Investigator: Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, Ph.D University of Saskatchewan
  More Information

Responsible Party: Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, PhD, PT, Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy, University of Saskatchewan Identifier: NCT00434889     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BIO-REB 06-181
Study First Received: February 13, 2007
Last Updated: January 8, 2010

Keywords provided by University of Saskatchewan:
risk factors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017