Exercise Programs for Stroke: Effect of an Inpatient Supplementary Practice Program on Lower Extremity Function

The Effect of an Inpatient Home-work Exercise Program on Leg Function After Stroke


Lead sponsor: University of British Columbia

Collaborator: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Source University of British Columbia
Brief Summary

This study would focus on a new method of adding extra leg homework exercises to the usual therapy delivered in the hospital. We propose to design an exercise program for the affected leg that would be given to the client as homework and done in the client's hospital room or ward. The program would be designed and monitored by a therapist that works in the hospital.

Detailed Description

In total 120 participants admitted for stroke rehabilitation in the province British Columbia, Canada will be randomly assigned to either the Leg Exercise group or Leg Management group. The extra leg exercise group (experimental group) will receive usual therapy plus 60 minutes per day of self-directed leg exercises. This program will last for 4 weeks while the participant is in the hospital. The Leg Exercise program will include exercises of range of motion, leg strengthening, weight-bearing, and walking. The family will be encouraged to participate in the program with the participant. The control group (Leg Management group) will receive usual therapy and stroke education.

Overall Status Completed
Start Date September 2009
Completion Date April 2013
Primary Completion Date November 2012
Phase N/A
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
The primary outcome is gait speed 4 weeks post-intervention
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
The secondary outcomes will assess the effect of the experimental intervention on balance and physical activity 4 weeks post-baseline, then 6 and 12 months post-stroke
Enrollment 142

Intervention type: Behavioral

Intervention name: Leg Exercise Program

Description: Participants will engage in an extra 45-60 minutes per day of self-managed lower extremity homework exercises focused on improving strength, balance and walking ability.

Arm group label: LE

Other name: Inpatient supplementary practice program on lower extremity function

Intervention type: Behavioral

Intervention name: Leg Management group

Description: Therapist provides educational information about leg pain, recovery, bone density, and fall risk.

Arm group label: LM



Inclusion Criteria:

- Have been admitted to a hospital unit for stroke treatment

- 19 years or older

- Are experiencing difficulty using legs

- Able to understand and follow instructions

Exclusion Criteria:

- Have uncontrolled hypertension or unstable cardio-vascular condition

- Injuries to muscles, bones, or joints of the leg

- Unable to verbally speak or understand the investigators when asked questions

Gender: All

Minimum age: 19 Years

Maximum age: N/A

Healthy volunteers: No

Overall Official
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital | Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Eagle Ridge Hospital | Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada
GF Strong Rehab Center | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Holy Family Hospital | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Victoria General Hospital | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Location Countries


Verification Date

May 2017

Responsible Party

Responsible party type: Principal Investigator

Investigator affiliation: University of British Columbia

Investigator full name: Janice Eng

Investigator title: Principal Investigator

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 2
Arm Group

Arm group label: LE

Arm group type: Experimental

Description: Leg Exercise group

Arm group label: LM

Arm group type: Experimental

Description: Leg Management (Control group)

Study Design Info

Allocation: Randomized

Intervention model: Parallel Assignment

Primary purpose: Other

Masking: Single (Participant)

Source: ClinicalTrials.gov