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Fall prevention in the elderly - A randomized clinical trial on the effectiveness of Tai Chi Chuan
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN98840266
ClinicalTrials.gov identifier
EudraCT number
Public title Fall prevention in the elderly - A randomized clinical trial on the effectiveness of Tai Chi Chuan
Scientific title
Acronym N/A
Serial number at source 22000131
Study hypothesis Tai Chi Chuan can reduce fall incidents in the elderly living at home who are at risk of falling.
Lay summary
Ethics approval Not provided at time of registration
Study design Randomised controlled trial
Countries of recruitment Netherlands
Disease/condition/study domain Fall prevention
Participants - inclusion criteria 1. Experienced a fall in the preceding year, or
2. Suffer from two of the following risk factors:
a. Disturbed balance
b. Mobility problems
c. Dizziness
d. The use of benzodiazepines or diuretics
Participants - exclusion criteria 1. Progressive disorders
2. Unable to undergo the intervention
3. Unable to fill in a Dutch questionnaire
4. Miss 80% of the lessons
5. Tai Chi Chuan performed in the preceding year
6. Not available during the next 4 months
Anticipated start date 01/09/2003
Anticipated end date 01/03/2005
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material
Target number of participants 270
Interventions Tai Chi Chuan lessons for a period of 13 weeks, twice a week for 1 hour
Control: no intervention
Primary outcome measure(s) New fall incidents
Secondary outcome measure(s) 1. Balance
2. Fear of falling
3. Blood pressure
4. Heart frequency
5. Some lung parameters
6. Physical activity
7. Self-efficacy
8. Quality of life
9. Mental health
10. Severity of fall incidents and consequent injuries
11. Medical consumption
12. Compliance to intervention
Sources of funding Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) - 22000131.
Trial website
Publications Study protocol in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=16573825
Contact name Dr  Petra EM  Zeeuwe
  Address PO Box 1738
  City/town Rotterdam
  Zip/Postcode 3000 DR
  Country Netherlands
  Tel +31 (0)10 4632119
  Fax +31 (0)10 4632127
  Email p.zeeuwe@erasmusmc.nl
Sponsor Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)
  Address Laan van Nieuw Oost Indië 334
PO Box 93245
  City/town The Hague
  Zip/Postcode 2509 AE
  Country Netherlands
  Tel +31 (0)70 349 5111
  Fax +31 (0)70 349 5100
  Email info@zonmw.nl
  Sponsor website: http://www.zonmw.nl
Date applied 13/09/2005
Last edited 28/11/2007
Date ISRCTN assigned 03/01/2006
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