Does Intensive Task Specific Training Improve Balance After Acute Stroke?

Completed

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

The aim of this study is to investigate whether additional task specific physiotherapy treatment and a self administrated home training program results in better balance compared to traditional follow up care.

Detailed Description

Increased risk of falling is a major problem after stroke and impaired balance is one of the main reasons for falling. Early and intensive physiotherapy seems to be beneficial for functional outcome after stroke although it is still unknown whether one specific physiotherapy technique is better than another.
Comparison: Traditional follow up care by the community health care system with additional task specific physiotherapy three times a week and a daily self administrated home training program compared to traditional follow up care by the community health care system.

Conditions

Interventions

  • Physical therapy technique and exercises Behavioral
    Intervention Desc: The experimental group receives task specific physical therapy three times a week for the first four weeks after discharge from hospital and one session pr week for the next eight weeks in addition to ordinary physical therapy The active comparator group receives only ordinary physical therapy during this period.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: A
    Description: Intensive task specific balance training
    ARM 2: Kind: Experimental
    Label: B
    Description: Traditional physical therapy

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary The Berg Balance Scale Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up and six months follow-up No
Secondary Mini Mental State Examination Inclusion No
Secondary Scandinavian Stroke Scale Inclusion No
Secondary Motor Assessment Scale Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up, six months follow-up No
Secondary Timed Up and Go Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up, six months follow-up No
Secondary Step Test Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up, six months follow-up No
Secondary Walking speed Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up, six months follow-up No
Secondary Barthel Index Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up, six months follow-up No
Secondary Modified Rankin Scale Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up, six months follow-up No
Secondary Fall Efficacy Scale Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up, six months follow-up No
Secondary Stroke Impact Scale Inclusion, four weeks follow-up, twelve weeks follow-up, six months follow-up No

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