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Balance Training in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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 August 2011 by West Park Healthcare Centre.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Ontario Lung Association
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Roger Goldstein, West Park Healthcare Centre Identifier:
First received: August 22, 2011
Last updated: August 24, 2011
Last verified: August 2011

August 22, 2011
August 24, 2011
August 2011
September 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Berg Balance Scale [ Time Frame: All outcomes will be assessed upon admission to pulmonary rehabilitation (baseline) and again upon completion of the program, an expected average of 6 weeks from baseline. ]
  • Balance Evaluation Systems Test [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ]
Same as current
No Changes Posted
  • Balance confidence/falls self-efficacy [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ]
  • Functional strength [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ]
  • Self-reported physical function [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ]
Same as current
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Balance Training in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Balance Training in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
A growing body of evidence suggests that individuals with chronic lung disease have important deficits in balance control that may be associated with an increased risk of falls. The main purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a balance training program on measures of balance and fall risk in people with chronic lung disease.
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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Behavioral: Balance training program
Training will consist of 30 minute sessions 3 times/week for 6 weeks in keeping with best practice guidelines for older adults. Sessions will be supervised by physical therapists, using a circuit training approach with different stations designed to target specific areas of impairment. Participants will work through stations in a group setting; however, will receive individualized exercise prescription regarding level of difficulty and exercise progression.
  • Experimental: Balance Training
    The treatment group will complete a specific balance training program in addition to conventional pulmonary rehabilitation.
    Intervention: Behavioral: Balance training program
  • No Intervention: Usual care
    The control group will undergo the usual pulmonary rehabilitation program offered at our centre with no additional balance training classes.
Beauchamp MK, Janaudis-Ferreira T, Parreira V, Romano JM, Woon L, Goldstein RS, Brooks D. A randomized controlled trial of balance training during pulmonary rehabilitation for individuals with COPD. Chest. 2013 Dec;144(6):1803-10. doi: 10.1378/chest.13-1093.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Unknown status
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September 2012   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of COPD; a self-report of decline in balance or fall in the last 5 years or a recent near fall; smoking history greater than 10 pack years; and are able to provide written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to communicate because of language skills, hearing or cognitive impairment; and evidence of a neurological or musculoskeletal condition that severely limits mobility and postural control (e.g., cerebrovascular accident, advanced Parkinson's disease, amputation).
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Child, Adult, Senior
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
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Roger Goldstein, West Park Healthcare Centre
Roger Goldstein
Ontario Lung Association
Principal Investigator: Dina Brooks, PhD University of Toronto
Principal Investigator: Roger S Goldstein, MD West Park Healthcare Centre
Study Chair: Marla K Beauchamp, MSc.PT University of Toronto
Study Chair: Tania Janaudis-Ferreira, PhD West Park Healthcare Centre
West Park Healthcare Centre
August 2011

ICMJE     Data element required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and the World Health Organization ICTRP