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Rhythmic stepping exercise under cognitive conditions improves fall risk factors in community-dwelling older adults: Preliminary results of a cluster-randomized controlled trial.
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PMID:  21815857     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: The purpose of this pilot trial was to evaluate whether a 24-week program of rhythmic stepping exercise (RSE) would be effective in improving physical function and reducing fear of falling in older adults. Participants: Four units (n = 52) randomized into an RSE group (two units, n = 25) and a non-rhythmic stepping exercise (NRSE) group (two units, n = 27) participated in a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial. Methods: Each exercise group received 60 min group training sessions once a week for 24 weeks. Measurement was based on the difference in physical functions between the RSE and NRSE groups. Results: Significant differences were observed between the two groups for locomotive function with significant group × time interaction. Relative risk was calculated as 2.778 (95% CI: 1.030-7.492) for fear of falling for participants in the NRSE group compared with patients in the RSE group (p = 0.037). Conclusions: The results of this pilot trial suggest that the RSE program is more effective in improving locomotive function and fear of falling.
Minoru Yamada; Buichi Tanaka; Koutatsu Nagai; Tomoki Aoyama; Noriaki Ichihashi
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Aging & mental health     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1364-6915     ISO Abbreviation:  Aging Ment Health     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-05     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9705773     Medline TA:  Aging Ment Health     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  647-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Human Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University , Kyoto , Japan.
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