Moving forward in fall prevention: An intervention to improve balance among patients in a quasi-experimental study of hospitalized patients

Jorge H. Villafañe, Caterina Pirali, Riccardo Buraschi, Chiara Arienti, Camilo Corbellini, Stefano Negrini

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We investigated the effectiveness of three different rehabilitative programs: group exercise, individual core stability or balance training intervention with a stabilometric platform to improve balance ability in elderly hospitalized patients. We used a prospective quasi-experimental study design. Twenty-eight patients, 39.3% women [age (mean± SD) 72.4± 6.5 years], known to have had at least a fall in the last 12 months, were consecutively assigned to one of the following three groups: group exercise intervention, individual core stability or balance training with a stabilometric platform (five sessions a week for 3 weeks in each group). Outcomes were collected at baseline and immediately following the intervention period. In each intervention group, patients showed improvement in balance and mobility, shown as an improvement in the three functional tests score (the Tinetti scale, the Berg Balance Scale, and the Time Up and Go test) (all, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-319
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 3 2015



  • Balance
  • Community-dwelling elderly
  • Falls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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