Journal article

Effect of cognitive-only and cognitive-motor training on preventing falls in community-dwelling older people: protocol for the smart /- step randomised controlled trial

Daina L Sturnieks, Jasmine Menant, Michael Valenzuela, Kim Delbaere, Catherine Sherrington, Robert D Herbert, Amit Lampit, Kathryn Broadhouse, Jessica Turner, Daniel Schoene, Stephen R Lord

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019


BackgroundPhysical and cognitive impairments are important risk factors for falls in older people. However, no studies have been adequately powered to examine whether cognitive or cognitive-motor training can prevent falls in older people. This is despite good evidence of improvements in fall-related cognitive and physical functions following both intervention types. This manuscript describes the study protocol for a three-arm randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of home-based cognitive and cognitive-motor training interventions, compared to a minimal-intervention control group, in preventing falls in older people. This trial was prospectively registered with the Austral..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This work is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Project Grant (ID: 1086804) and Programme Grant (ID: 1055084). Authors MV, KD, CS, RDH and SRL also receive salary funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Fellowships. DLS is supported by a Bushell Foundation Rising Star Fellowship.