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Video-game based exercises for older people with chronic low back pain: a protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial (the GAMEBACK trial)

Abstract

Objectives

To investigate the feasibility of implementing a video-game exercise programme for older people with chronic low back pain (LBP).

Design

Single-centred single-blinded randomised controlled trial (RCT).

Setting

Physiotherapy outpatient department in a public hospital in Western Sydney, Australia.

Participants

We will recruit 60 participants over 55 years old with chronic LBP from the waiting list.

Interventions

Participants will be randomised to receive video-game exercise (n = 30) or to remain on the waiting list (n = 30) for 8 weeks, with follow up at 3 and 6 months. Participants engaging in video-game exercises will be unsupervised and will complete video-game exercise for 60 minutes, 3 times per week. Participants allocated to remain on the waiting list will be encouraged to maintain their usual levels of physical activity.

Main outcome measure

The primary outcomes for this feasibility study will be study processes (recruitment and response rates, adherence to and experience with the intervention, and incidence of adverse events) relevant to the future design of a large RCT. Estimates of treatment efficacy (point estimates and 95% confidence intervals) on pain self-efficacy, care seeking, physical activity, fear of movement/re-injury, pain, physical function, disability, falls-efficacy, strength, and walking speed, will be our secondary outcome measures.

Results

Recruitment for this trial began in November 2015.

Conclusion

This study describes the rationale and processes of a feasibility study investigating a video-game exercise programme for older people with chronic LBP. Results from the feasibility study will inform on the design and sample required for a large multicentre RCT.

Trial registration

Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry: ACTRN12615000703505.

Cite this article

Video-game based exercises for older people with chronic low back pain: a protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial (the GAMEBACK trial).

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Author(s)

Joshua Robert Zadro, Debra Shirley, Milena Simic, Seyed Javad Mousavi, Dragana Ceprnja, Katherine Maka, Paulo Ferreira.

Issue information

Date

June 2017

Volume ID

103

Issue ID

2

Pages

0146–153
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