Balance Training in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
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.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Randomized Controlled Trial of Balance Training in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease|
- 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. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Balance Evaluation Systems Test [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Balance confidence/falls self-efficacy [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Functional strength [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Self-reported physical function [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2011|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||September 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Balance Training
The treatment group will complete a specific balance training program in addition to conventional pulmonary rehabilitation.
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.
No Intervention: Usual care
The control group will undergo the usual pulmonary rehabilitation program offered at our centre with no additional balance training classes.
|Contact: Marla K Beauchamp, MSc.PT||416-243-3600 ext firstname.lastname@example.org|
|West Park Healthcare Centre||Recruiting|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6M2J5|
|Contact: Marla K Beauchamp, MSc.PT 416-243-3600 ext 3665 email@example.com|
|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|