Motor Learning of a Planning Task in Stroke Patients: the Maze Paradigm Measured Through Time and Error as Variables

This study has been completed.
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Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas Identifier:
First received: August 22, 2008
Last updated: April 15, 2010
Last verified: August 2008
The purpose of this study is to investigate the process of acquiring a motor skill subject in post-stroke, comparing them with healthy subjects.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Motor Learning of a Planning Task in Stroke Patients

Further study details as provided by Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • TIME [ Time Frame: 3 times in a week (acquisition, transfer an retention phase) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    time (in seconds)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • error [ Time Frame: 3 times in a week (acquisition, transfer an retention phase) ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    number of mistakes made by the subjects

Biospecimen Retention:   None Retained
no biospecimens are to be retained

Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: January 2009
Primary Completion Date: July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
20 post-stroke patients were comprised to the experimental group (EG) and 20 health subjects were included to the control group (CG. Inclusion criteria: chronic stroke, single stroke event, lesion in anterior circulation, right handed subjects, MEEM over 23 points. The task consisted in a maze paradigm, made by pencil and paper, with the non affected side for EG and left upper extremity for CG. The instruction was given to the subjects to complete the task as fast as possible. The study consisted in three phases: acquisition (AQ)with 30 trials, transfer (TR, short retention (R1)and long term retention (R2 both with 5 trials.

Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
patients after stroke

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age between 40 and 65
  • Injury in territory of movement earlier, as shown by examination of image and finding medical neurologist
  • Time of injury over 6 months
  • Single vascular event
  • Right handed, by applying the Inventory of Dominance Side of Edinburgh Mini mental with scores over 23 points

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Aphasia of understanding
  • Instability clinic
  • Other neurological diseases associated (Parkinson's disease, dementias, Alzheimer)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00740402

University Center of Metropolitan United
São Paulo, Brazil
Sponsors and Collaborators
Faculdades Metropolitanas Unidas
Study Chair: Camila Torriani, doctor University of Sao Paulo
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Responsible Party: Acquisition of manual motor hability in patients after stroke, Camila Torriani Identifier: NCT00740402     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GPalma, GPalma 123
Study First Received: August 22, 2008
Last Updated: April 15, 2010
Health Authority: Brazil: National Committee of Ethics in Research

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases processed this record on November 27, 2015