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Indianapolis, Indiana 46227


The purpose of this study is to compare two different walking training programs for persons with chronic stroke.

Study summary:

Body weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) and overground walking training (OWT) are two interventions commonly applied for enhancing gait and balance in patients with chronic stroke. BWSTT and OWT are often used by clinicians separately or in tandem. While various aspects of the two interventions have been investigated in the past, limited research has been conducted to compare the effects of the two interventions in patients with chronic stroke. Longer training durations may not always be feasible due to limited reimbursement options, lack of clinic accessibility, or transportation restrictions for patients with chronic deficits following stroke. A short burst of training consisting of a ''booster''-like protocol may provide a convenient option for some patients with chronic stroke to improve necessary functional skills in a short period of time. The primary purpose of this pilot study is to compare walking speed immediately and 3-months after a short-burst of body-weight support treadmill training (BWSTT) or overground walking training (OWT) for adults with chronic stroke. Twenty participants with chronic stroke will be recruited and screened to determine eligibility for the study. Participants will be randomly assigned to either BWSTT or OWT for 30 minutes, 5 days per week for 2 weeks. Outcome measures will include assessments of gait speed, endurance, walking pattern, fear of falling, balance confidence, anxiety, and activity and participation in daily life. Outcomes will be tested prior to (pre-test) and immediately after (post-test) the assigned intervention and again 3-months after completing the intervention (retention).


Inclusion Criteria: - Minimum of 6 months post-stroke - Single episode of stroke - Between the ages of 21-80 - Able to walk with or without the use of an assistive device or orthoses - Able to ambulate at a self-selected gait speed < 0.8 m/s as determined by the 10-meter comfortable walk test - Medically stable with a physician release stating approval to enter an exercise program - Able to follow at least two-step verbal instructions - Available for the entire period of the study - Able to travel to and from research measurement and intervention sessions Exclusion Criteria: - Currently receiving physical therapy services - Co-morbidities or pre-existing cardiovascular conditions that would prohibit gait training and exercise - Pre-existing neurological or current musculoskeletal conditions that would limit gait ability separate from the effects of stroke - Complications from other health conditions that could influence walking - Currently known to be pregnant



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Stephanie A Combs, PT, PhD, NCS
University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy, Indianapolis, IN

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Location Contact:

Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: August 31, 2019

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