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FORCE (Falls, Fracture, and Osteoporosis Risk Control Evaluation) Study

This study has been completed.
Sault Area Hospital
Algoma Community Care Access Centre
Pharma Companies Alliance (Aventis and Proctor & Gamble)
Merck Frosst Canada Ltd.
Eli Lilly and Company
The Green Shield Foundation
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Group Health Centre Identifier:
First received: April 24, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: April 2007
History: No changes posted
Falls and osteoporosis-related fractures cause substantial morbidity and mortality in the elderly, and are an increasingly important public health concern. A comprehensive multidisciplinary and integrated community-based approach is needed to identify and manage the population at highest risk of these complications. Unfortunately, current gaps in continuity of care and health intervention result in a sub-optimal state of health service for these individuals. The Falls, Fracture and Osteoporosis Risk Control and Evaluation (FORCE) Study is a two-year randomized controlled trial evaluated on the effect of coordinated community-based, multidisciplinary approach for fall and fracture prevention in Sault Ste. Marie.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Falls, Fractures & Osteoporosis Risk Assessment & Management

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Falls, Fracture, and Osteoporosis Risk Control Evaluation (FORCE) Study: A Randomized Controlled Trial With Community Partnerships in Northern Ontario

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Further study details as provided by Group Health Centre:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Fall risk management, assessment and management of gate, strength and balance deficits, completion of medication review, including postural hypotension and psychotropic medications as well as the assessment and management of environmental risk factors.

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: March 2003
Study Completion Date: January 2006
Detailed Description:
The FORCE partners are a broad collaboration of interested consumers, stakeholders and providers, led by the Algoma Health Unit (AHU) and the Group Health Centre (GHC) - a community-based, not-for-profit, multidisciplinary health organization. Other partners include the multi-agency, consumer-orientated Algoma District Slips, Trips and Falls Committee, the Sault Area Hospital (SAH), the Algoma Community Care Access Centre (ACCAC), and Pharma Companies Alliance (Aventis and Proctor & Gamble), Merck Frosst and Lilly. The Green Shield Foundation has also provided sponsorship.The results of this study might directly benefit up to eight thousand seniors in the district by providing the impetus to integrated, evidence-based health services. Qualitative and quantitative research during this time will also be a unique opportunity to identify the modifiable barriers to the continuity and quality of care in this high-risk population. By involving the community, the project will also educate those at future risk and hopefully prevent disease and complications. Evaluation and research should provide nationally suggestions for better health service delivery.

Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 55 years of age or older
  • independent living within the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  • capable of providing informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • not at risk for falls
  • unable to give informed consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00465387

Sponsors and Collaborators
Group Health Centre
Sault Area Hospital
Algoma Community Care Access Centre
Pharma Companies Alliance (Aventis and Proctor & Gamble)
Merck Frosst Canada Ltd.
Eli Lilly and Company
The Green Shield Foundation
Principal Investigator: Patricia M. Ciaschini, MD, FRCPC Group Health Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Principal Investigator: Sharon E. Straus, MD MSc FRCPC University of Toronto, ON, Canada
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00465387     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FORCE1234
Study First Received: April 24, 2007
Last Updated: April 24, 2007

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on April 27, 2017