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

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Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (equipment not functional)
First Posted : January 29, 2010
Last Update Posted : June 15, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sheba Medical Center

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Impaired Balance in Elderly Other: AdvanStep training program - Turtle Pop Phase 1 Phase 2

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Feasibility and Pilot Study of AdvanStep in Improving Balance in Elderly at Risk for Falls
Study Start Date : September 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
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

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

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 80 Years   (Older Adult)
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 (NCT number): NCT01059253

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

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Responsible Party: Sheba Medical Center Identifier: NCT01059253     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-09-7170-HW-CTIL
First Posted: January 29, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 15, 2012
Last Verified: June 2012

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