Fall Risk | Development of an Acceleration Based Fall Risk Detector
Fall Risk research study
What is the primary objective of this study?
Because the increasing fall problem, mainly due to an impaired gait and balance ability, this study will investigate fall risk by detecting fall related movement characteristics. Based on the promising results using accelerometry for accurate and objective gait analysis, fall risk will be measured using a triaxial accelerometer. At the moment our group is performing a study titled 'identify subjects at risk for falling using accelerometry'. In this study, fall related movement characteristics (gait, balance, stumble reaction) are identified in healthy younger and older subjects under standardised laboratory circumstances. In this way, specific characteristics can be selected which are responsible for fall risk. The aim of this study is investigating if the acceleration based fall risk detector can be applied in daily life with target groups.
Who is eligible to participate?
Inclusion Criteria: - Having a fall risk (Tinetti score between 19-24) - Men and women older than 65 years at risk for falling - able to walk without walking aids - voluntary and willing to participate - Fully competent Exclusion Criteria: - Unable to walk - Denying - Very high fall risk (Tinetti score < 19)
Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?
Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.
Device:fall risk detectorfall risk detector: stumbles, specific fall related movements, falls
Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.
1subjects with fall risk
Start Date: August 2008
Completed Date: October 2010
Primary Outcome: Acceleration based movement characteristics
Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references
Principal Investigator: kenneth Meijer, UD
Lead Sponsor: Maastricht University Medical Center