Falls Prevention in Osteoporosis
The purpose of this study is to determine wether a falls prevention program can reduce fall incidence in people with osteoporosis.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Falls Prevention for People With Increased Risk of Fractures as a Result of Osteoporosis: a Randomized Controlled Study on the Effects of a Modified Program|
- Fall incidence, which is measured by monthly fall registration cards
- Obstacle avoidance performance
- Fear of falling (ABC)
- Activity level (LAPAQ)
|Study Start Date:||December 2005|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Falling is a major health problem in the elderly causing physical and psychosocial problems. People with osteoporosis are at higher risk for fractures due to falling, because of decreased bone strength. The 'Nijmegen Falls Prevention Program" (NFPP) (Weerdesteyn et al, 2006) has been shown to reduce fall incidence rates by 46% in healthy community-dwelling elderly. This program was adapted in order to meet the specific demands and constraints of people with osteoporosis.
The contents of the program are an obstacle course, walking exercises, the practice of fall techniques, adjustment of gait abnormalities, weight bearing exercises and educational sessions.
The effectiveness of the program will be evaluated in a randomized clinical trial. Primary outcome measure is fall incidence. Additionally, laboratory assessments of gait and obstacle avoidance will be conducted in conjunction with questionnaires about balance confidence and activity level.
|Principal Investigator:||Ellen Smulders, MSc||Sint Maartenskliniek|
|Principal Investigator:||Vivian Weerdesteyn, PhD||Sint Maartenskliniek|
|Principal Investigator:||Wim van Lankveld, PhD||Sint Maartenskliniek|