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Pilot Study of Virtual Gait Training in Older Adults

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01607736
First Posted: May 30, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 30, 2012
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
  Purpose
Older individuals suffer from falls and fear of falling. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a novel virtual gait training on walking performance and fear of falling in older adults, and to evaluate the feasibility of the virtual gait training program. The investigators hypothesize that virtual gait training in older adults over a three week period will both improve gait parameters as measured by a GAITRite® electronic walkway system, and reduce their fear of falling as measured by the Falls Efficacy Scale-International version.

Condition Intervention
Frail Elderly Behavioral: Virtual Gait Training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Study of Effects of Virtual Gait Training on Walking Stability in Older Adults

Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • gait speed [ Time Frame: Change from baseline in gait speed at 3 weeks ]
    gait speed measure with GAITRite® electronic walkway system


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • fear of falling [ Time Frame: change from baseline at end of week 3 ]
    total score on Falls Efficacy Scale-International version


Enrollment: 12
Study Start Date: May 2011
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Inactive Comparator
Experimental: Virtual Gait Training Behavioral: Virtual Gait Training
The intervention consisted of 12-minute virtual gait training sessions once daily for a total of 14 weekdays within a three-week period. The intervention video showed walking legs of a 30-year-old woman for female and a 46-year-old man for male participants. The video screen was adjusted in height such that it corresponded to the legs of the standing participant, with a mirror placed above it. Participants began the training session with a circa one minute of concentration on the upcoming intervention. Afterwards, the video was started. Participants were instructed to stand (when necessary, to sit) and observe the video and mirror, and to imagine themselves walking. Training sessions were supervised by a physical therapist who gave additional instructions and comments regarding participants' visual/kinesthetic imagination of themselves performing the observed movement. Verbal and physical reactions during training sessions were documented in written form and sometimes videotaped.

Detailed Description:
The objectives of this study are to determine the effectiveness of virtual gait training on walking performance and fear of falling in older adults and to evaluate the feasibility of the virtual gait training. This prospective interventional study plans to include twelve residents of senior assisted living facilities in Basel, Switzerland, aged 65 years or older with no severe physical or cognitive disabilities, and who had fallen at least once in the preceding 12 months. Each participant will complete 14 12-minute virtual gait training sessions within a three-week period. Gait parameters will be quantified with the GAITRite® electronic walkway system, and fear of falling evaluated with the Falls Efficacy Scale-International version. The investigators hypothesize that 14 virtual gait training sessions in older adults over a three week period will both improve gait parameters as measured by a GAITRite® electronic walkway system, and reduce their fear of falling as measured by the Falls Efficacy Scale-International version.
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • older than 65 years of age
  • fall within last 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • cognitive deficits
  • physical disability
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01607736


Locations
Switzerland
Mobility Center
Basel, BS, Switzerland, 4031
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Reto W Kressig, MD Dept. of Geriatrics, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  More Information

Responsible Party: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01607736     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: JBMP-VGTinOA-pilot
EK:113/11 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Velux Foundation Grant Project Number 727 )
First Submitted: May 16, 2012
First Posted: May 30, 2012
Last Update Posted: May 30, 2012
Last Verified: May 2012

Keywords provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:
falls
walking
healthy older individuals
virtual gait training