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ActiveStep Comparative Effectiveness Trial (RACE)

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Identifier:
First received: October 27, 2009
Last updated: January 20, 2016
Last verified: January 2016

The investigators are conducting a multi-central randomized prospective trial comparing a standard physical therapy gait and balance program with a gait and balance program that includes the ActiveStep™ treadmill.

Subjects will be randomized to either have the ActiveStep™ as part of their therapy or to have their therapy without it. Data will be gathered from session notes, medical records and short interviews with the subjects at baseline and every 3 months over the telephone for the duration of the study.

Condition Intervention
Gait Instability Device: ActiveStep Treadmill Other: Physical Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Randomized ActiveStep Comparative Effectiveness Trial

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Further study details as provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Proportion of subjects reporting any fall [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Time to first reported fall [ Time Frame: length of study ]
  • Number of injurious falls [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  • Changes in balance assessment scores pre- and post-treatment [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Enrollment: 507
Study Start Date: November 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2016
Primary Completion Date: July 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: ActiveStep
Subjects will use the ActiveStep treadmill as part of their physical therapy program for balance
Device: ActiveStep Treadmill
The ActiveStep treadmill is a device that trains patients to effectively react to simulated slips and trips while the patient is safely held in a harness.
Active Comparator: Standard physical therapy
Subjects will receive a standard physical therapy program for gait and balance.
Other: Physical Therapy
Standard program of physical therapy for gait and balance

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 65 and over
  • Referred to physical therapy for balance training

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age < 65
  • Unable to use treadmill
  • Severe vertigo
  • Not a candidate for gait/balance PT
  • Not competent to consent to research
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01006967

United States, Massachusetts
Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Newton, Massachusetts, United States, 02462
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Salem, Massachusetts, United States, 01970
United States, New Hampshire
Concord Hospital Rehabilitation Services
Epsom, New Hampshire, United States, 03234
Cheshire Medical Center - Farnum Rehabilitation Center
Keene, New Hampshire, United States, 03431
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States, 03756
The Elliot Hospital
Manchester, New Hampshire, United States, 03104
United States, New York
South Shore Neurological Associates
Patchogue, New York, United States, 11722
United States, Vermont
White River Junction Veterans Administration Medical Center
White River Junction, Vermont, United States, 05009
Sponsors and Collaborators
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Principal Investigator: Jon D Lurie, M.D., M.S. Dartmouth College
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Identifier: NCT01006967     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AHRQ R18 HS18459
Study First Received: October 27, 2009
Last Updated: January 20, 2016

Keywords provided by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center:
physical therapy
ActiveStep processed this record on August 23, 2017