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Infant Aquatics Neurodevelopment Premature Infants (IA-NPI)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2014 by Sheba Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
University of Haifa
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sheba Medical Center Identifier:
First received: January 27, 2013
Last updated: February 12, 2014
Last verified: February 2014

The objective of this research is to examine the effect of Infant Aquatics on the development of and neurodevelopment of preterm and near-term infants, using the GM as prognostic estimation of future development.

Preterm infants, a continuously growing population, are at high risk for neurodevelopment impairments ranging from minor neurological dysfunction (MND) to cerebral palsy (CP), mainly due to developmental brain injury. Infant Aquatics have been found to benefit and promote infant development. The support and sensory stimulation of the water may improve the development the sensory, motor, as well as, autonomic system of preterm infants.

The study will compare intervention by Infant Aquatics to infant massage. The intervention in both methods will start at 36 weeks gestational age for 3 months and will consist of sessions with a therapist every 2 weeks. Development will be assessed and compared at 3, 8 and 18 months using Infant Motor Pattern method, Griffith developmental scales and Vineland adaptive behavior scales.

Condition Intervention
Cerebral Palsy Preterm Birth Development Other: Infant Aquatics Other: Infant Massage

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Infant Aquatics for Neurodevelopment of Premature Infants

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Further study details as provided by Sheba Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Developmental assessment - a composite of several measures [ Time Frame: 3 month ]

    Developmental assessment at term and three month

    1. General Movements Neuromotor scale
    2. Neurological examination

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Developmental assessment - a composite of several measures [ Time Frame: 18 month ]

    Developmental assessment at 18 month

    1. IMP neuromotor developmental scale
    2. Griffith mental development scale
    3. Vineland adaptive behavior scale

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: April 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Infant Aquatics Other: Infant Aquatics
Infant Aquatics in this study is composed of a set of pre-structured movements and techniques of relaxation, through harmonic integration of various approaches, each having a role in a specific time-window or in the infant's developmental sequence along study interventional timeline
Active Comparator: Infant Massage
Infant Massage
Other: Infant Massage
Infant Massage


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 4 Weeks   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

Major inclusion criteria: Infants who are hemodynamic stable, no seizures or apnea attacks, IVH/PVH grade < 3, without diagnoses of chromosomal abnormalities, infants whose parents want to cooperate, will be included. These criteria follow our aim to include vulnerable groups of infants for which research results may dramatically promote development.

Exclusion Criteria:

infants whose parents are not able to understand research goals and refuse to cooperate, infants with seizures or apnea attacks, IVH/PVH grade >or =3, with diagnoses of chromosomal abnormalities.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01779661

Contact: Hagit Friedman, PhD 972-54-5841314
Contact: Omer Bar-Yosef, MD PhD 972-52-6667344

Chaim Seba Medical Center Recruiting
Ramat-Gan,, Israel, 56210
Contact: Omer Bar-Yosef, MD PhD   
Contact: Caroline Barmatz, HT BPT MHA]   
Principal Investigator: Hagit Friedman, PhD         
Principal Investigator: Omer Bar-Yosef, MD PhD         
Principal Investigator: Caroline Barmatz, HT.BPT.MHA         
Sub-Investigator: Iris Morag, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Anat Lazits-Dor, BPT         
Sub-Investigator: Keren Mekadesh, RN BA         
Sub-Investigator: Zipora Strauss, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheba Medical Center
University of Haifa
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sheba Medical Center Identifier: NCT01779661     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHEBA-12-9524-OB-CTIL
Study First Received: January 27, 2013
Last Updated: February 12, 2014

Keywords provided by Sheba Medical Center:
Neurodevelopment, Infant-Aquatics, Prematurity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebral Palsy
Premature Birth
Brain Damage, Chronic
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Obstetric Labor, Premature
Obstetric Labor Complications
Pregnancy Complications processed this record on August 22, 2017