Journal article

The Effects of Home Exercise in Older Women With Vertebral Fractures: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial

Jenna C Gibbs, Caitlin McArthur, John D Wark, Lehana Thabane, Samuel C Scherer, Sadhana Prasad, Alexandra Papaioannou, Nicole Mittmann, Judi Laprade, Sandra Kim, Aliya Khan, David L Kendler, Keith D Hill, Angela M Cheung, Robert Bleakney, Maureen C Ashe, Jonathan D Adachi, Lora M Giangregorio

Physical Therapy | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Regular exercise is advocated in osteoporosis guidelines to prevent fractures. Few studies have evaluated the effect of exercise on functional performance, posture, and other outcomes that are important to patients after vertebral fractures. OBJECTIVE: This pilot study will explore the effect of home exercise versus control on functional performance, posture, and patient-reported outcome measures. DESIGN: This study was a parallel 2-arm pilot feasibility trial with 1:1 randomization to exercise or attentional control groups. SETTING: This study took place in 5 Canadian and 2 Australian academic or community hospitals/centers. PARTICIPANTS: This study included 141 women ≥65 years ..

View full abstract


Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Funding Acknowledgements

The research was funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating grant (MOP 123445). Dr Giangregorio received funding from an Ontario Ministry of Health Research and Innovation-Early Researcher Award, CIHR New Investigator Award, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Dr Ashe and Dr Cheung acknowledge the support of the Canada Research Chairs program. Dr Cheung also acknowledges the K.Y. and Betty Ho Chair in Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr Gibbs received funding from a CIHR Fellowship Award.