Control of Center of Mass to Predict Balance Ability and Fall Risks in Elderly

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified July 2015 by National Taiwan University Hospital
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First received: January 3, 2012
Last updated: July 7, 2015
Last verified: July 2015
Falling among older adults is a major public health concern. In fact, falls are the leading cause of accidental death in older adults both in Taiwan and in the United States. In order to provide effective preventative strategies, the investigators must understand the mechanisms that cause older adults to fall. Thus, the investigators research aim for three objectives: (1) using biomechanical model to identify the deficits in neuromuscular control for older adults (2) to apply research findings to the development of new clinical methods for assessing and recovering balance control in older adults, and (3) to predict fall risks in 1-2 year for older adults from the research findings.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Analysis of Muscle Strength and Control of Center of Mass Acceleration Mechanism to Predict Balance Ability and Fall Risks in Elderly

Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: August 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
community sample

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. can stand for 5 minutes without support
  2. with normal or corrected to normal vision
  3. age between 20-35 years old for young adults group, and 65-80 years old for older adults group
  4. had fall history in the past 3 years for the older adults group.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. pregnant women
  2. with cancer diagnosis
  3. with sensory-motor deficits
  4. with osteoporosis for older adults group (T-score below -2.5)
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01504217

Contact: Wei-Li Hsu, PT, PhD 886-2-33668127

School & Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy College of Medicine, National Taiwan University Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 10055
Contact: Wei-Li Hsu, PT, PhD    886-2-33668127   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Wei-Li Hsu, PT, PhD National Taiwan University Hospital
  More Information

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Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT01504217     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 200912073R
Study First Received: January 3, 2012
Last Updated: July 7, 2015
Health Authority: Taiwan: Department of Health

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Healthy older people over 65 years old processed this record on November 27, 2015