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Control of Center of Mass to Predict Balance Ability and Fall Risks in Elderly

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2015 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 5, 2012
Last Update Posted : July 8, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Taiwan University Hospital

Brief Summary:
Falling among older adults is a major public health concern. In fact, falls are the leading cause of accidental death in older adults both in Taiwan and in the United States. In order to provide effective preventative strategies, the investigators must understand the mechanisms that cause older adults to fall. Thus, the investigators research aim for three objectives: (1) using biomechanical model to identify the deficits in neuromuscular control for older adults (2) to apply research findings to the development of new clinical methods for assessing and recovering balance control in older adults, and (3) to predict fall risks in 1-2 year for older adults from the research findings.

Condition or disease

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 80 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Analysis of Muscle Strength and Control of Center of Mass Acceleration Mechanism to Predict Balance Ability and Fall Risks in Elderly
Study Start Date : August 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2016

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MedlinePlus related topics: Falls

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
community sample

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. can stand for 5 minutes without support
  2. with normal or corrected to normal vision
  3. age between 20-35 years old for young adults group, and 65-80 years old for older adults group
  4. had fall history in the past 3 years for the older adults group.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. pregnant women
  2. with cancer diagnosis
  3. with sensory-motor deficits
  4. with osteoporosis for older adults group (T-score below -2.5)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01504217

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Contact: Wei-Li Hsu, PT, PhD 886-2-33668127

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School & Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy College of Medicine, National Taiwan University Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 10055
Contact: Wei-Li Hsu, PT, PhD    886-2-33668127   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Wei-Li Hsu, PT, PhD National Taiwan University Hospital
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Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier: NCT01504217    
Other Study ID Numbers: 200912073R
First Posted: January 5, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 8, 2015
Last Verified: July 2015
Keywords provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:
Healthy older people over 65 years old