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The aim of this study is to compare the effects of balance training in a virtual environment with and without physiotherapeutic intervention on the motor function, balance and gait in chronic stroke patients.

It is a prospective, single blinded, randomized clinical trial performed at Center of Research of the Department of Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy of São Paulo University. Forty patients will be randomly assigned in control and experimental group.


Clinical Trial Description

The aim of this study is to compare the effects of a balance training program in a virtual environment (using a gaming system with balance board device) with and without verbal/manual physiotherapeutic intervention, on the motor function, balance and gait in chronic stroke patients.

It is a prospective, single blinded, randomized clinical trial, performed at Center of Research of the Department of Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy of São Paulo University.

Forty chronic stroke patients will be randomly in control and experimental group, 20 each one. Both groups conduct 14 training sessions, twice a week, for seven weeks. Each session will consist a 30 minute-global-exercise series including stretching, muscle strength and axial mobility exercises. After this, both groups will perform more 30 minutes of balance training using eight Wii Fit games which stimulate motor and cognitive functions.

The main outcome measures will be: the lower limb subscale of the Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA-LE); Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) and 6- minute walk test (6MWT). ;


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NCT number NCT03361241
Study type Interventional
Source University of Sao Paulo General Hospital
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Status Active, not recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date April 2, 2017
Completion date November 30, 2019

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