Last updated on March 2019

Home Balance Pilot for Fall Reduction in COPD


Brief description of study

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that older adults with COPD have important problems with their balance and a high incidence of falls compared to those of a similar age. This research will explore the feasibility and preliminary effects of a tailored 6-month home balance exercise program for reducing falls in older adults with COPD.

Detailed Study Description

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is highly prevalent among older adults and is a leading cause of death, disability and hospitalization in Canada. There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that older adults with COPD have important problems with their balance and a high incidence of falls compared to those of a similar age. This research will explore the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a tailored 6-month home balance exercise program for reducing falls in older adults with COPD.

The primary objective of this pilot study is to determine the feasibility of a tailored home balance intervention for older adults with COPD in terms of recruitment, retention and adherence. The secondary objective is to examine the within-subject effects of the home-balance intervention on intermediate outcomes linked to falls including balance, functional strength and self-reported disability.

Thirty-five older adults with COPD will be recruited from respirology clinics at West Park Healthcare Centre (Toronto) and the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health (Hamilton) to participate in a single-group, non-randomized clinical trial. Eligible participants will be enrolled in a 6-month balance home exercise intervention. The home program will be supervised by a physiotherapist and outcome measures will be collected at home at baseline, 3- and 6-months by a research assistant not involved in the intervention.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02695342

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