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Does Splinting Prevent Contractures Following Stroke?

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00286702
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 3, 2006
Last Update Posted : February 3, 2006
Information provided by:
University of Western Sydney

Brief Summary:

After a stroke, many people develop contracture of the muscles in their affected wrist and hand which leads to a permanently clenched, painful hand. A contracture is often treated by therapists who use hand splinting to prevent it occurring or slow down its progression. Despite their wide use, there has not been research completed to investigate whether or not splinting prevents contracture in people following stroke. In fact, this project will be the first of its kind in the world and is therefore vital to stroke rehabilitation.

The study is a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial that will measure the effect of hand-splinting in two positions on the prevention of contracture, functional use of the hand, and quality of life.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cerebrovascular Accident Device: hand splint Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 63 participants
Study Start Date : October 2002
Study Completion Date : September 2004

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • first ever stroke
  • score of <1 on Motor Assessment Scale item 6

Exclusion Criteria:

  • comorbidity resulting in previous contracture of the wrist/hand

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00286702

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Western Sydney
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Principal Investigator: Natasha Lannin, BSc(OT) University of Western Sydney
Study Chair: Anne Cusick, PhD University of Western Sydney
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00286702    
Other Study ID Numbers: HEC 01/166
First Posted: February 3, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 3, 2006
Last Verified: January 2006
Keywords provided by University of Western Sydney:
Occupational Therapy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases