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Development of a Fall Prevention and Fall Detection System for Ambulatory Rehabilitation of Parkinson's Patients

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: NCT01262950
Expanded Access Status : Temporarily not available
First Posted : December 20, 2010
Last Update Posted : December 20, 2010
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Far Eastern Memorial Hospital

Tracking Information
First Submitted Date December 16, 2010
First Posted Date December 20, 2010
Last Update Posted Date December 20, 2010
Descriptive Information
Brief Title Development of a Fall Prevention and Fall Detection System for Ambulatory Rehabilitation of Parkinson's Patients
Brief Summary

The investigators plan to conduct a first-stage experiment by recruiting ten subjects, including five PD patients and five non-PD patients. In the beginning, the information collected by the portable motion detector is used to compare the difference in the activities performed by PD and non-PD patients. Besides, the algorithm will be developed to identify the gait patterns of PD patients. Once the system detects the abnormal gaits, such as shuffling and festinating steps or freezing of gait, auditory cues will be given to the PD patients and caregivers by their sides. It can help the patient to maintain normal gait and improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation, as well as preventing falls in daily activities. Moreover, in case of accident falls, the real-time fall detection mechanism alerts the nearest caregiver for instant support and delivers this information to the remote family members and medical personnel.

After that, a second-stage experiment will be carried out by recruiting another five PD patients. By comparing the gait patterns identified by the system against those identified manually by the staff, the performance of the proposed system on fall prevention will be examined. For the patients and their family members, the developed system enhances the patients' safety in their daily activities. As for the medical personnel, it serves as an affordable tool that benefits the rehabilitation of PD patients in an easy manner.

Detailed Description Not Provided
Study Type Expanded Access
Intervention Other: portable motion detector
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Recruitment Information
Expanded Access Status Temporarily not available
Contacts Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
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Administrative Information
NCT Number NCT01262950
Responsible Party Not Provided
Study Sponsor Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
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Investigators Not Provided
PRS Account Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
Verification Date October 2010