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An Exercise and Nutritional Intervention for Deconditioned Older Adults

2014-07-23 21:09:21 | BioPortfolio

Summary

In this study we will evaluate whether the addition of a formal lower extremity resistance exercise training program and/or a nutritional supplement will improve the functional recovery of older adult veterans participating in a geriatric rehabilitation program for deconditioning. Specifically, subjects admitted to a geriatric inpatient rehabilitation program with a diagnosis of deconditioning will be randomly assigned to one of four groups; 1) Control/standard rehabilitation program, 2) Standard rehabilitation plus resistance exercise twice per week, 3) Standard rehabilitation plus a daily nutritional supplement, 4) Standard rehabilitation plus the resistance exercise and the nutritional supplement. Subjects will participate in each program for 12 weeks. At the beginning and end of the study we will measure lower extremity strength, walking speed, and overall function (using the standardized Functional Independence Measure), and compare the changes in each group.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Muscle Weakness

Intervention

Resistance exercise, Essential amino acid supplement

Location

Central Arkansas VHS Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Ctr, Little Rock
No. Little Rock
Arkansas
United States
72114-1706

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Department of Veterans Affairs

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:09:21-0400

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