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Clinical Trial: Multifaceted Fall Prevention Program for People with MS who Use Wheelchairs or Scooters

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Type of MS: PPMS|PRMS|RRMS|SPMS
Treatment mode of action: To reduce falls
Number of Subjects: 50
Medication: Multifaceted Fall Prevention Program
Location: Georgia|Illinois
Institutions: UIUC, UIC, The Shepherd Center Contact Information
Laura Rice
217-333-4650
ricela@illinois.edu

Funding:

National MS Society

Description

The purpose of the proposed study is to examine the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation educational intervention on management of falls in non-ambulatory individuals with MS (Multifaceted Fall Prevention Program). Programs that target both physiological and behavioral fall risk factors have the greatest chance to be successful. The program primarily aims to reduce fall incidence. Secondary aims of the program are to improve functional mobility skills associated with fall risk (e.g. transfer and wheelchair skills, balance), increase knowledge of fall risk factors, decrease fear of falling and enhance quality of life and community participation. 

To participate in this study, you must be:
  • ≥18 years old
  • Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Main form of mobility is via a wheelchair or scooter
  • Able to transfer either with moderate assistance or less
  • Have experienced at least one fall in the past 12 months
  • Able to sit upright for at least 1 hour
During participation, you will be asked to attend 3, 2-hour study assessments over a period of 32 weeks.  In addition, if you participate in study intervention, you will be asked to participate in 6, 2-hour education sessions over consecutive weeks.

Study sites include:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
219 Freer Hall
906 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61874

University of Illinois
1919 West Taylor St.
Chicago, IL
60612

Shepherd Center
80 Peachtree Park Dr. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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