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Exercise Education for Adults With Seizure Disorders

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) ) Identifier:
First received: May 10, 2013
Last updated: May 12, 2017
Last verified: January 25, 2017

Study Population

-People with seizures benefit from regular exercise. Exercise may help decrease the number of seizures they have. It also improves overall health and quality of life. However, people with seizure disorders often have been prevented from doing sports or other regular physical activity. They may also feel that exercise or injury can increase their risk of seizures. Researchers want to try an exercise program for people who have seizures to see if they can increase motivation to exercise which will improve overall health and may decrease the frequency of seizures.


- To see how exercise education improves motivation to exercise in people who have a history of seizures.


- Individuals at least 18 years of age who have a history of seizures.


  • This study involves three outpatient visits and weekly telephone calls for about 12 weeks. There will be followup calls at about 6 and 12 months after the outpatient visits.
  • Participants will be screened with a physical exam and medical history. They will answer questions about their current level of physical activity, mood, quality of life, and ideas about exercise.
  • At the first visit, participants will learn how to keep a physical activity log and seizure calendar. They will also use an activity monitor and take their pulse regularly. They will complete questionnaires about their mood and thoughts about exercise and seizures.
  • At the second visit, participants will set personal activity goals and learn about physical activity and seizures. They will review the physical activity log, seizure log, and activity monitor and pulse readings for the previous 4 weeks.
  • After the second visit, participants will receive weekly telephone calls. Each call will last about 5 minutes. These calls will ask about physical activities for the week and participants' progress toward meeting their goals. These calls will also review the seizure log.
  • At the third visit (12 weeks), the same tests from the first visit will be repeated.
  • The followup phone calls will continue to monitor participants' activity levels.

Condition Intervention Phase
Other: Patient Education
Other: exercise: increase physical activity/goal setting
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Increasing Self-Efficacy and Outcome Expectations For Exercise in Adults With Epilepsy: An Educational Motivation Intervention - E-MOVE

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Self-efficacy for exercise score following the E-MOVE intervention. [ Time Frame: 0 and 12 weeks post intervention ]
  • Change in Outocme Expectations for exercise score following the E-MOVE intervention. [ Time Frame: 0 and 12 weeks post intervention ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The effect of the E-MOVE intervention on seizure frequency based on seizure calendar self-report, quality of life scores, symptoms of depression and BMI measures. [ Time Frame: 0 and 12 weeks post intervention ]

Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: April 19, 2013
Study Completion Date: January 25, 2017
Primary Completion Date: January 25, 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


To see what keeps people with seizures from exercising and see how they can increase their belief that they can exercise and that exercise will help them.

Study Population:

50 adults with seizures


In this protocol, we will pilot the use of an educational intervention to provide people with seizure disorders an opportunity to learn about the benefits of exercise and learn specifically what types of exercise to incorporate into their daily lives.

Outcome Measures:

To assess the effectiveness of the educational intervention, we will use pre and post intervention measures including seizure specific measures of self-efficacy (belief that they can exercise) and outcome expectations (belief that exercise will help them) for exercise. To assess changes in physical activity, seizure frequency, and mood, we will monitor physical activity and seizure calendars, activity monitor recordings, and mood rating scales.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Able to use seizure calendars to record seizures throughout the study

English speaking

Able to provide informed consent

Diagnosed with epilepsy by standard clinical criteria.

Age 18 years and older

Enrolled in evaluation and treatment of epilepsy protocol 01-N-0139


Do not have health care provider clearance to participate in a physical activity program

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01856335

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Principal Investigator: Irene H Dustin, C.R.N.P. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Identifier: NCT01856335     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 130127
Study First Received: May 10, 2013
Last Updated: May 12, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) ):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on May 25, 2017