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Effectiveness of a video-based exercise programme to reduce falls and improve health-related quality of life among older adults discharged from hospital: a pilot randomized controlled trial.
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PMID:  19675115     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
OBJECTIVE: Falls, loss of health-related quality of life and physical capacity, reduced participation in activities of daily living, and increased fear of falling are all potential outcomes for older adults discharged from hospital. A low-cost video based exercise programme may address this. DESIGN: This study was a randomized controlled trial with blinded outcomes assessment and a six-month follow-up. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: Participants were older adults (>65 years) using a mobility aid discharged from a tertiary hospital in Brisbane, Australia, without referral for community-based rehabilitation services. INTERVENTION: A digital video disk-based programme encompassing six exercise types each with six levels of difficulty. A home visit from a project physiotherapist was conducted to ensure patient safety. Control group patients received usual care. MAIN MEASURES: Falls, health-related quality of life, participation in activities of daily living, physical capacity and fear of falling. RESULTS: Study participants (n = 53, 19 intervention, 34 control) experienced decreasing health-related quality of life, several falls (72), and lower levels of participation in activities of daily living over the six-month follow-up. The intervention group did not differ significantly from the control group in terms of the outcomes examined, though a non-significant reduction in the rate of falls was observed. Intervention group participants complied with the exercise programme well during the first two weeks following discharge from hospital but then reduced their compliance levels thereafter. CONCLUSIONS: The intervention may be beneficial for reducing the rate of falls in this patient population though further research with a larger sample size is indicated.
Terry P Haines; Trevor Russell; Sandra G Brauer; Sheree Erwin; Paul Lane; Stephen Urry; Jan Jasiewicz; Peter Condie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-08-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rehabilitation     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1477-0873     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Rehabil     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8802181     Medline TA:  Clin Rehabil     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  973-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Physiotherapy Department, Allied Health Research Unit, Southern Physiotherapy School, Monash University, Cnr Warrigal and Kingston Roads, Cheltenham, Victoria 3192, Australia.
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