Evidence Based Amputee Rehabilitation (EBAR) Program
The purpose of this study is to determine if an evidence based exercise intervention improves the functional mobility of diabetic amputees (single lower leg amputation) who have already completed standard rehabilitation and prosthetic training.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Evidence Based Amputee Rehabilitation (EBAR) Program|
- AMP, 6MWT [ Time Frame: 8 weeks for intervention, 16 weeks for wait list control group ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2008|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Subjects who pass all eligibility requirements will then undergo baseline testing by an examiner who will remain blinded to subject group assignment. Baseline testing will include the AAS, six-minute walk test, and both the AMPPro and AMPnoPro.
After baseline testing has been completed, subjects will be randomly assigned to either the intervention or wait list control. Randomization will occur in blocks of 20 such that for each panel of 20 subjects, 50% will be randomized to the intervention and 50% will be randomized to wait list control. Randomization will be performed using a random-number table to assign treatment group to status to each subject's unique identification number. Randomization status will be concealed by recording status on a card that is folded in half so that the group assignment is inside the fold. The cards will be placed in envelopes bearing identification numbers. When a subject has completed all baseline measures, the envelope with that subject's ID number will be opened and the subject will be assigned to a group.
Subjects assigned to the intervention group will undergo clinical strength testing. An individualized program will be developed for each subject based on his or her AMP test results and clinical strength testing. Subjects will then attend rehabilitation sessions 3 times per week for 8 weeks. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes including any required rest periods. Subjects will perform endurance, balance and strengthening exercises at each session. Every 6th session, subjects in the intervention group will perform a six-minute walk test, AMPPro and complete the AAS questionnaire. The results of each AMPPro test will be reviewed and the therapeutic exercise program revised according.
After follow-up testing, subjects assigned to the wait list condition will be eligible to attend the 8-week rehabilitation program. Wait list subjects in the exercise phase will also receive the same exercise intervention described above. They will also perform a six-minute walk test, AMPPro and complete the AAS questionnaire every 6th session.
|United States, Florida|
|VA Medical Center, Miami|
|Miami, Florida, United States, 33125|
|Principal Investigator:||Robert Gaily, PhD PT||VA Medical Center, Miami|