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Pilot Study of AdvanStep in Improving Balance in at Risk Elderly (AdvanStep)

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sheba Medical Center Identifier:
First received: January 28, 2010
Last updated: June 14, 2012
Last verified: June 2012
Elderly individuals are often at increased risks for falls. The AdvanStep is an interactive training exercise and balance device. The use of the AdvanStep will bring about a measurable improvement in the individuals balance in standardized measures.

Condition Intervention Phase
Impaired Balance in Elderly Other: AdvanStep training program - Turtle Pop Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Feasibility and Pilot Study of AdvanStep in Improving Balance in Elderly at Risk for Falls

Further study details as provided by Sheba Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Performance on 4 square step test, Balance Evaluation Systems Test, 25 second unilateral stand test [ Time Frame: On completion of treatment ]

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: September 2010
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Training
15 training sessions
Other: AdvanStep training program - Turtle Pop
Balance / mobility exercise program using the AdvanStep in a virtual reality context
Other Names:
  • AdvanStep Contoller p/n fg00002 rev. A1
  • Turtle Pop p/n gw00005 rev. A1

Detailed Description:
  1. Feasibility study, assessing usability of the system and receiving feedback from the volunteers.
  2. Structured treatment sessions twice per week after an initial assessment of balance and mobility on standardized tests.
  3. Reassessment of balance and mobility after completion of 15 treatment sessions.
  4. Treatment sessions will be supervised by physical therapists.

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 65-80
  • History of 2 falls in past 5 years, not requiring medical attention
  • No acute orthopedic or neurological disorders
  • No cognitive impairment affecting daily function.
  • Adequate vision and hearing to see the computer screen and follow verbal commands.
  • Unilateral stance test - inability to remain in unilateral stance for 25 seconds

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Congestive heart failure or angina that limits physical activity
  • Need for interventional medical treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01059253

Sheba Medical Center
Ramat Gan, Israel
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Harold Weingarden, M.D. Sheba Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sheba Medical Center Identifier: NCT01059253     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-09-7170-HW-CTIL
Study First Received: January 28, 2010
Last Updated: June 14, 2012

Keywords provided by Sheba Medical Center:
Aged processed this record on June 23, 2017