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Evaluation of a Standardised Orientation and Mobility Training in Older Adults With Low Vision

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00946062
First Posted: July 24, 2009
Last Update Posted: November 15, 2013
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Collaborator:
ZonMw: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Maastricht University Medical Center
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is:

  1. to develop a standardised orientation and mobility training (O&M-training) in the use of an identification/symbol cane by older adults with low vision, and;
  2. to evaluate this newly developed standardised O&M-training with respect to effectiveness and feasibility in a randomised controlled trial.

Condition Intervention
Low Vision Aged Other: orientation and mobility training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Impact of Orientation and Mobility Training on Mobility, Participation and Quality of Life in Older Adults With Visual Impairments: a Randomised Controlled Trial

Further study details as provided by Maastricht University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • activities of daily life (subscale of the Groningen Activity Restriction Scale (GARS)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]
  • distance activities and mobility (subscales of the Visual Functioning Questionnaire (VFQ)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • activities index (Frenchay Activities Index (FAI)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]
  • social support interactions (Social Support List (SSL 12-I)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]
  • health-related quality of life (EuroQol 5D (EQ5D)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]
  • mental health and dependency (subscale of the Visual Functioning Questionnaire (VFQ)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]
  • feelings of anxiety (anxiety subscale of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-A)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]
  • symptoms of depression (depression subscale of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS-D)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]
  • concerns about falling (falls efficacy scale international (FES-I)) [ Time Frame: 5 and 17 weeks ]

Enrollment: 190
Study Start Date: November 2007
Study Completion Date: July 2010
Primary Completion Date: July 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: regular O&M-training
orientation and mobility training in use of the identification cane as provided by mobility trainers
Other: orientation and mobility training
orientation and mobility training
Experimental: standardised O&M-training
standardised orientation and mobility training in use of the identification cane as provided by mobility trainers who received instruction in using the standardised protocol
Other: orientation and mobility training
orientation and mobility training

  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged 55 years or over
  • Low vision
  • Living independently in the community or in a home for older people
  • Able to see large obstacles and to go outside for a short walk or doing groceries
  • One of the following:

    1. experiencing difficulties with safely crossing a street
    2. experiencing difficulties with recognising acquaintances outdoors
    3. willing to become recognisable as being partially sighted by using the identification cane
  • Written informed consent
  • Orientation and Mobility training (O&M-training) in the use of an identification cane

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cognitive impairment (a score of less than 4 on the Abbreviated Mental Test 4)
  • Language or hearing problems that impede completing an interview by telephone
  • Confinement to bed or possible nursing home admission that impede completion of the O&M-training
  • Permanent use of a walking aid incompatible with the use of an identification cane
  • Having recently received an O&M-training in the use of an identification cane and permanent use of this cane
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00946062


Locations
Netherlands
Sensis
Grave, Netherlands
Royal Visio
Huizen, Netherlands
Bartimeus
Utrecht, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Maastricht University Medical Center
ZonMw: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
Investigators
Principal Investigator: G.I.J.M. Kempen, PhD Maastricht University, CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Maastricht University Medical Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00946062     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MEC 07-3-057.5/pl
ZonMw 94305004
First Submitted: July 23, 2009
First Posted: July 24, 2009
Last Update Posted: November 15, 2013
Last Verified: November 2013

Keywords provided by Maastricht University Medical Center:
low vision
ophthalmology
randomised controlled trial
mobility
orientation
cane
aged

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Vision, Low
Vision Disorders
Sensation Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Eye Diseases
Signs and Symptoms