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Balance Training in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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: NCT01424098
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified August 2011 by Roger Goldstein, West Park Healthcare Centre.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : August 26, 2011
Last Update Posted : August 26, 2011
Ontario Lung Association
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Roger Goldstein, West Park Healthcare Centre

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Behavioral: Balance training program Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 46 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Balance Training in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Study Start Date : August 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 2012

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MedlinePlus related topics: COPD Lung Diseases

Arm Intervention/treatment
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.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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. ]
  2. Balance Evaluation Systems Test [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Balance confidence/falls self-efficacy [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ]
  2. Functional strength [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ]
  3. Self-reported physical function [ Time Frame: At baseline and 6 weeks. ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of COPD; a self-report of decline in balance or fall in the last 5 years or a recent near fall; smoking history greater than 10 pack years; and are able to provide written informed consent.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to communicate because of language skills, hearing or cognitive impairment; and evidence of a neurological or musculoskeletal condition that severely limits mobility and postural control (e.g., cerebrovascular accident, advanced Parkinson's disease, amputation).

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01424098

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Contact: Marla K Beauchamp, MSc.PT 416-243-3600 ext 3665

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Canada, Ontario
West Park Healthcare Centre Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6M2J5
Contact: Marla K Beauchamp, MSc.PT    416-243-3600 ext 3665   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Roger Goldstein
Ontario Lung Association
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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

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Roger Goldstein, Director, Respiratory Medicine, West Park Healthcare Centre Identifier: NCT01424098     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Goldstein_OTSBalanceRCT_2012
First Posted: August 26, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 26, 2011
Last Verified: August 2011
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases