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Virtual Reality-based Exercise in Older Adults

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02043834
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 23, 2014
Last Update Posted : July 28, 2014
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Arizona

Brief Summary:

The aim of the present study is to evaluate an innovative virtual reality-based balance training intervention for improving clinically relevant motor performances (balance and gait) in older adults.

We hypothesize that the virtual reality-based balance training intervention will improve balance and gait performances in older adults compared to a control group receiving usual care only.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Distorted; Balance Motor Deficit Other: Balance Training Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 33 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Promoting Virtual Reality-based Exercise to Prevent Falls in Older Adults: Pilot Study
Study Start Date : November 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2014

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Balance Training
Balance training will be conducted individually two times per week for 4 weeks. Each training session will include virtual reality tasks such as "ankle reaching" and "obstacle crossing" using a virtual obstacle shown on a computer screen. Each session will last 30 - 45 minutes.
Other: Balance Training
Balance training will be conducted individually two times per week for 4 weeks. Each training session will include virtual reality tasks such as "ankle reaching" and "obstacle crossing" using a virtual obstacle shown on a computer screen. Each session will last 30 - 45 minutes.

No Intervention: Control
The control group will keep their normal activity without receiving any intervention.



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Postural Balance [ Time Frame: after 4 weeks ]
    Postural Balance during quiet standing for 30 seconds will be assessed using validated wearable sensor technologies (BalanSens™)


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Gait performance [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    Gait performance will be measured using validated wearable sensor technology (LEGSys™)

  2. Cognitive status [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    Changes in cognitive status will be measured by the Trail Making Test and the Category Fluency Test

  3. Quality of life [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
  4. Functional performance [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    Functional performance will be assessed using the Timed Up and Go Test and the Alternate Step Test



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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older   (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • ability to ambulate without assistance
  • willingness to provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe neurologic, cardiovascular, metabolic, or psychiatric disorders
  • severe visual impairment
  • cognitive impairment

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02043834


Locations
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United States, Arizona
Villa Hermosa - Senior Living Tucson
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85710
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Arizona
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Bijan Najafi, PhD interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Michael Schwenk, PhD interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Arizon

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Responsible Party: University of Arizona
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02043834     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ARPF-123
First Posted: January 23, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 28, 2014
Last Verified: July 2014