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A Targeted Falls Prevention Program in Rehabilitation In-Patients

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 September 2009 by Hadassah Medical Organization.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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First received: August 25, 2009
Last updated: September 8, 2009
Last verified: September 2009

Falls are a major complication in patients treated in rehabilitation departments, yet studies evaluating different interventions to reduce falls-risk are rare and inconclusive.

The aim of the present study is to evaluate the efficacy of a multidisciplinary fall-prevention program to reduce falls and injury in stroke patients treated in a rehabilitation department.

All stroke patients consecutively admitted to the department of rehabilitation at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center for a period of one year will be eligible for inclusion. Upon receiving an informed consent subjects will be randomized to the intervention group or the control (convention care) group.

There are no exclusion criteria. The Intervention includes group education on risk of falling and safe mobility and transfers; physical therapy of balance training at the patients' bedside twice weekly and medical assessment of medication use (anxiolytics/hypnotics, neuroleptics, antihypertensives and other vasodilators), orthostatic hypotension, urinary frequency/incontinence, delirium and visual problems.

Intervention therapy will not be given as an extra time, rather at the same treatment time as the control group.

Primary outcomes are rate of falls and related injuries.

Condition Intervention
Accidental Falls Other: Multidisciplinary falls prevention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Targeted Falls Prevention Program in Rehabilitation In-Patients

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Rate of falls and fall-related injury [ Time Frame: At one year ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: November 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Falls prevention Other: Multidisciplinary falls prevention
Group education on falls risk and mobility and transfers safety; Physical therapy at the subjects' bedside consisting of balance training; Medical assessment - medications use (anxiolytics/hypnotics, neuroleptics, antihypertensives, antiarrhythmics and other vasodilators) with effort to discontinue or reduce dose when possible; orthostatic hypotension - discontinue/reduce dose of related medications; urinary frequency/incontinence - evaluation and treatment; delirium - evaluation and treatment; visual pathology - evaluation and treatment
No Intervention: Control group
Routine rehabilitation treatment


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All stroke patients admitted to rehabilitation

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00973297

Contact: Yoram Maaravi, MD 00 972 2 5844474

Hadassah Medical Organization Not yet recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel, 91120
Contact: Arik Tzukert, DMD    00 972 2 6776095   
Contact: Hadas Lemberg, PhD    00 972 2 6777572   
Sub-Investigator: Yoram Maaravi, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hadassah Medical Organization
Principal Investigator: Yoram Maaravi, MD Hadassah Medical Organization
  More Information

Responsible Party: YORAM MAARAVI MD, HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION Identifier: NCT00973297     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 151059-HMO-CTIL
Study First Received: August 25, 2009
Last Updated: September 8, 2009

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