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Exercise Training in a Geriatric Hospital Ward

Information source: Health Center of the City of Joensuu
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Condition(s) targeted: Frail Elderly

Intervention: Exercise training (Procedure); usual treatment and rehabilitation (Procedure)

Phase: N/A

Status: Not yet recruiting

Sponsored by: Health Center of the City of Joensuu

Overall contact:
Leena H Timonen, MD, PhD, Phone: +358407046920, Email: leena.timonen@fimnet.fi

Summary

The aim of the study is to describe the effects of physical exercise consisting of strength, balance and flexibility training on functional abilities and the length of stay in older (+75) patients hospitalized in a primary-care health- center hospital.

Clinical Details

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Investigator), Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

Primary outcome: Changes in functional abilities during hospitalization

Secondary outcome: The length of stay in the hospital

Detailed description: Hospitalization of older people is connected with several adverse events. Hospitalization increases the risk of disability and long-term institutionalization. Immobilization during hospitalization can lead to deterioration of muscle strength and falls. Earlier studies have shown that strength training is beneficial even in the oldest old. Rehabilitation based on strength training exercises can prevent decline in functional capacity and shorten the length of hospitalization.

Eligibility

Minimum age: 75 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.

Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria:

- age 75 years or older

- ability to walk independently or assisted or move unassisted in a wheelchair

Exclusion Criteria:

- patients in long-term care

- those who are bedridden

- severe circulatory disease

- acute bone fracture

- terminal disease

- acute infection.

Locations and Contacts

Leena H Timonen, MD, PhD, Phone: +358407046920, Email: leena.timonen@fimnet.fi

Health Center of the City of Joensuu, Joensuu, North Karelia 80130, Finland; Not yet recruiting
Leena H Timonen, MD,PhD, Principal Investigator

Siilainen Hospital ward 1A, Joensuu, North Karelia 80130, Finland; Not yet recruiting
Leena H Timonen, MD,PhD, Principal Investigator

Additional Information

Related publications:

Rydwik E, Frändin K, Akner G. Effects of physical training on physical performance in institutionalised elderly patients (70+) with multiple diagnoses. Age Ageing. 2004 Jan;33(1):13-23. Review.

Starting date: October 2008
Last updated: September 19, 2008

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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