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Home-Exercise vs General Physical Activity: Effect on Health-related Quality of Life

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Norwegian Fund for Postgraduate Training in Physiotherapy
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Oslo University Hospital Identifier:
First received: November 18, 2010
Last updated: November 23, 2010
Last verified: January 2005
The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of an exercised-based programme developed for older people admitted at a geriatric outpatient clinic and to see if a home-exercise program enhances the effect. The outcomes considered is health-related quality of life, balance-self confidence, balance and mobility.

Condition Intervention Phase
Health-Related Quality of Life Other: Balance- training and home-exercise Other: Balance-training and home-exercise Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Progressive Home-Exercise on Health-related Quality of Life, Balance and Mobility in Older People Discharge From an Outpatient Geriatric Clinic.

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Further study details as provided by Oslo University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Health-related quality of life [ Time Frame: by the time of discharge mean 2 weeks after admission ]
  • Health-related quality of life [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Functional balance (Berg Balance Scale) [ Time Frame: by the time of discharge mean 2 weeks after admission and after 3 months ]
  • Functional mobility [ Time Frame: by the time of discharge mean 2 weeks after admission, and after 3 months ]
    Timed up and go test and 6 min walk test

  • Functional strength [ Time Frame: by the time of discharge mean 2 weeks after admission and after 3 months ]

Enrollment: 110
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: January 2007
Primary Completion Date: January 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Home-exercise Other: Balance- training and home-exercise
Balance-training admitted at the geriatric hospital Home-exercise or advice to be generally active
Other Names:
  • 1 intervention group
  • 1 control group
Other: Balance-training and home-exercise
The aim of the intervention was to enhance health-related quality of life, self-efficacy and physical function through education and exercise. The education program consisted of information given both oral and in writing regarding the benefits of physical activity. The aim was to increase the participants knowledge about the benefits of physical activity and to stimulate them to integrate physical activity into their immediate environment during daily routines. They were given an exercise-log and were advised to write down all their daily activities and exercise. The exercise program were conducted 2 times per week for 45 min per session. The content of these sessions were balance training with main focus on balance-exercises considered essential for daily living.
Other Names:
  • 1 home-exercise group
  • 1 activity group

Detailed Description:
Older people discharge from hospital often have decreased functional and physiological reserve that make them vulnerable of being dependent of others. Research have shown that older people discharge from hospital are vulnerable for functional decline during hospital stay and this decline can persist 6 to 18 months after discharge from hospital.Exercise interventions are proven to have effect on mobility, balance and falls among community-dwelling older people and several studies have shown that deconditioning as a consequence of disuse is reversible with training even in very old individuals. However, few studies have evaluated the effects of physical activity promotion and exercise intervention among elderly recently discharge from a geriatric outpatient clinic.

Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • home-dwelling patients who were admitted at the geriatric clinic.
  • Assessed by a doctor to tolerate training
  • Able to walk in the corridor for 3 min with or without assistive device

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Cognitive disorders mini mental status < 24
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01247636

Ulleval University Hospital
Oslo, Norway
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oslo University Hospital
Norwegian Fund for Postgraduate Training in Physiotherapy
Study Chair: Astrid Bergland, Professor No afflication
  More Information

Responsible Party: Therese Brovold, Oslo University Hospital Identifier: NCT01247636     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: S-03247
Study First Received: November 18, 2010
Last Updated: November 23, 2010

Keywords provided by Oslo University Hospital:
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