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Prevention of Falls Among Older Adults in Community Settings

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: NCT02287740
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : November 11, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 16, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Oregon Research Institute

Brief Summary:
Objective: To conduct a comparative efficacy and cost-effectiveness study of an evidence-based fall prevention program-Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB).

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fall Behavioral: Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Behavioral: Multimodal Exercise Behavioral: Stretching Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
To determine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the two evidence-based exercise programs (Multimodal Exercise,TJQMBB) relative to stretching, a proxy for a minimum practice standard, in reducing falls among older adults at risk of falling.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 670 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Comparative Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of a Fall Prevention Intervention: Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
Actual Study Start Date : November 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 31, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 30, 2021

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MedlinePlus related topics: Falls

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
This protocol involves training 2 times a week for 6 months.
Behavioral: Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance
The protocol involves a core 8-form routine training with built-in variations and a subroutine of integrated therapeutic movements.

Active Comparator: Multimodal Exercise
This protocol involves training 2 times a week for 6 months.
Behavioral: Multimodal Exercise
The protocol involves a multi-modality program that involves aerobic, strength, balance, and flexibility exercises.

Sham Comparator: Stretching
This protocol involves participation of 2 times a week for 6 months.
Behavioral: Stretching
The protocol represents a minimum standard of practice for exercises for older adults with activities consisting primarily of seated exercises accompanied by breathing, stretching, and relaxation.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in the number of falls [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 Months ]
    Using a daily diary "fall calendar," falls reported by participants across the 24-week surveillance period will be collected, starting from the date of first intervention class and continuing until participants withdrew, had died or were lost to follow-up.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Functional Reach [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 Months ]
    assessing the maximal distance (in inch) participants one can reach forward, beyond arm's length, while maintaining a fixed based of support in the standing position. Differences between baseline and 6 months scores will be calculated to assess change.

  2. Instrumented Timed Up and Go [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 Months ]
    assessing the time to complete a series of functional tasks (sit-to-stand, 180 degree turn, turn-to-sit.) while walking through a 7-meter walkway (7 meters towards a line, turn, and 7 meters towards the chair). The measure is assessed in second. Differences between baseline and 6 months scores will be calculated to assess change.

  3. Physical Performance [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 Months ]
    The physical performance measure consists of 4-meter walk at usual pace, a timed repeated chair stand, and 3 increasingly difficult standing balance tests. Each measure is assigned a categorical score ranging from 0 (inability to complete the test) to 4 (best performance). A summary score ranging from 0 (worst performance) to 12 (best performances) will be calculated by summing the 3 components scores.

  4. Cognitive function [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 Months ]
    Montreal Cognitive Assessment (in points). Differences between baseline and 6 months scores will be calculated to assess change.

  5. Cost per fall prevented [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6 Months ]
    determined by calculating total intervention cost estimates divided by number of falls observed during the 6 month intervention.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older   (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • aged 70 years or older living independently in the community
  • at least one fall in the preceding 12 months and a referral from a healthcare provider indicating the participant is at risk of falls due to gait/balance impairment or medication use or impaired mobility as evidenced by Timed Up and Go result of >13.5 seconds
  • no participation in daily and/or structured vigorous physical activity or walking for exercise that lasted 15 minutes or longer at a time or muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week in the previous 3 months
  • walking independently, with or without the use of an assistive device,
  • no severe cognitive impairment (Mini-Mental State Examination score ≥20)
  • able to exercise safely as determined by their healthcare provider,
  • a willingness to be randomly assigned to an intervention condition and complete the 6-month intervention and 6 month follow-up.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • any medical or physical conditions deemed unacceptable by their physician or healthcare provider,
  • planned to leave the study area within the next 12 months.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02287740

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United States, Oregon
Oregon Research Institute
Eugene, Oregon, United States, 97403
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oregon Research Institute
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Principal Investigator: Fuzhong Li, Ph.D. Oregon Research Institute
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Responsible Party: Oregon Research Institute Identifier: NCT02287740    
Other Study ID Numbers: 1R01AG045094-01A1 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: November 11, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 16, 2020
Last Verified: September 2020
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