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MS-SAFE

RESEARCH STUDY

STEPPING TO AVOID FALL EVENTS IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

 

The MS-SAFE study aims to investigate: 

  • the effects of step training on preventing falls in people with
    multiple sclerosis (MS).

You can help our research if you:

  • are 18 or older
  • have stable MS (no relapse in the past month)
  • are active and independent in daily living

If you take part in the study you would:

  • visit NeuRA in Randwick twice over 2 weeks.
  • be assessed with your fall risk and
    ability to recover balance after trips and slips (the photo).
  • practice stepping after trips and slips, or stepping over obstacles.
  • receive summary results of your fall risk profile.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Please contact:

Yoshi Okubo

Phone: (02) 9399 1065

E-mail: y.okubo@neura.edu.au

Reactive step training at NeuRA

 

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Research investigating the impacts of cognitive behavioural therapy and balance programs on fear of falling, funded by Mindgardens. Falls and fear of falling affect many older people and can impose limitations upon daily activities. Over one third of community dwelling older people fall each year with about 15% of falls being injurious. However, two thirds of older people express a fear of falling during common daily activities, making it more common than falls itself. Fear of falling has been associated with needless restriction in physical and social activities, and subsequent deterioration of health and wellbeing. Previous research has suggested that fear of falling can be reduced through cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and balance exercise programs. However, these face-to-face treatments are resource intensive and not readily accessible to people. Furthermore, the effects of these treatments on fear of falling are small and often do not last beyond the duration of the program. By utilising technology and providing tailored physical activity guidance we are aiming to reduce a fear of falling in an accessible, efficient and lasting way. A thee-arm randomised clinical trial will be conducted in 189 community-dwelling older adults with a substantial concern of falling. Participants will be randomly allocated into one of three groups in order to test whether a self-managed CBT intervention, alone or in combination with a graded balance activity program, can reduce concerns about falling in older adults when compared to usual care. We are collaborating with the Black Dog institute to provide a home-based cognitive behavioural therapy program that addresses a fear of falling. We will also be utilising our cutting-edge balance program StandingTall to provide a graded balance program.   Related studies: https://www.neura.edu.au/project/reducing-fear-of-falling-and-activity-avoidance-in-older-adults-with-disproportionate-levels-of-fear-of-falling/ https://www.neura.edu.au/project/standingtall-plus-a-multifactorial-program-to-prevent-falls-in-older-people/ https://www.neura.edu.au/project/standing-tall/
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