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Community falls prevention for people who call an emergency ambulance after a fall
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN67535605
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Public title Community falls prevention for people who call an emergency ambulance after a fall
Scientific title A randomised controlled trial to compare falls prevention rehabilitation for people who fall and call an emergency ambulance but who are not transported to hospital
Acronym N/A
Serial number at source Version 2
Study hypothesis The hypothesis was that falls prevention rehabilitation would reduce the falls rate over 12 months compared to usual practice.
Lay summary Not provided at time of registration
Ethics approval North Nottinghamshire Local Research Ethic Committee and NHS R&D approval from Nottinghamshire Primary Care Trust granted on 19th July 2005 (ref: 05/Q2402/53)
Study design Randomised two armed controlled trial
Countries of recruitment United Kingdom
Disease/condition/study domain Falls prevention
Participants - inclusion criteria 1. Aged greater than 60 years, either sex
2. Living at home or in care homes in four Nottinghamshire (UK) Primary Care Trusts (PCT)
3. Contacted the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) through the emergency telephone system because of a fall
4. Had not been transported to hospital
Participants - exclusion criteria 1. Unable to give consent
2. Deemed too ill to participate (e.g. terminally ill)
3. Already in a falls prevention rehabilitation programme
Anticipated start date 01/09/2005
Anticipated end date 30/11/2006
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Target number of participants 200
Interventions Intervention group: Community falls prevention rehabilitation and normal medical and social care
Control group: Normal medical and social care

Patients will be treated for 6 months and followed-up for 12 months.
Primary outcome measure(s) Rate of falls over 12 months measured using a falls diary
Secondary outcome measure(s) Measured at 6 and 12 months:
1. Number of falls
2. Independence in activities of daily living
3. Days to first fall
4. Fear of falling
5. Hospital admissions
6. Number of emergency ambulance calls
Sources of funding 1. Department of Health (UK)
2. College of Occupational Therapy (UK)
Trial website
Publications 1. 2010 results in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20460331
2. 2012 economic evaluation in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22695789
Contact name Dr  Philippa Anne  Logan
  Address B99, Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
Medical School
Queens Medical Centre Campus
  City/town Nottingham
  Zip/Postcode NG7 2UH
  Country United Kingdom
  Email pip.logan@nottingham.ac.uk
Sponsor University of Nottingham (UK)
  Address Research Innovation Services (RIS)
Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
  City/town Nottingham
  Zip/Postcode NG7 2NR
  Country United Kingdom
  Email paul.cartledge@nottingham.ac.uk
  Sponsor website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/
Date applied 30/09/2009
Last edited 30/10/2012
Date ISRCTN assigned 29/10/2009
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