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This research on Functional Incidental Training ( FIT) primarily involves women residing in community nursing homes. It is an individualized rehabilitative protocol intended to improve mobility, endurance, strength and continence in frail, older, functionally impaired and disabled veterans.
Objectives of the project are as follows:
1) Test the effects of FIT on transfer ability, continence, ambulation/mobility, balance and fall risk, strength, and endurance; 2) Determine the characteristics of NHCU residents who respond to FIT; 3)Identify the most sensitive outcome measures related to FIT; and 4) Determine the labor costs of FIT relative to usual care.
This research on Functional Incidental Training ( FIT) primarily involves women in community nursing homes.
1. test the effects of FIT on functions such as transfer ability, continence, ambulation/mobility,balance and fall risk, strength, and endurance; 2. determine the characteristics of NHCU residents who respond to FIT; 3. identify the most sensitive outcome measures related to FIT; and 4. determine the labor costs of FIT relative to usual care.
. The intervention is an individualized rehabilitative protocol intended to improve mobility, endurance, strength and continence in frail, older, functionally impaired and disabled veterans in VA nursing home care units(NHCUs).The design is a multi-site cross-over design, to be carried out in five NHCUs (Atlanta, Durham, Salisbury, Augusta, Tuscaloosa) over about eight months in each site. About 24 residents will be recruited in each NHCU: 12 each will be randomized to initial intervention and control for 8 wks and evaluated; the controls will then receive the intervention and vice versa for another 8 wks with another evaluation. Patients are seen 4x a day for FIT activities, including walking/using wheel chair, prompted toileting, strengthening exercises. Outcome measures will be made in a blinded manner by Project Manager.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label
Department of Veterans Affairs
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:56:05-0400
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