Tailored multifactorial intervention to improve dizziness symptoms and quality of life, balance and gait in dizziness sufferers aged over 50 years

protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Jasmine C. Menant, Americo A Migliaccio, Cameron Hicks, Joanne Ross, Daniela Meinrath, Mayna Ratanapongleka, Jessica Turner, Daina L Sturnieks, Kim Delbaere, Nickolai Titov, Catherine McVeigh, Jacqueline C. T. Close, Stephen R. Lord

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BACKGROUND: Dizziness is a frequently reported symptom in older people that can markedly impair quality of life. This manuscript presents the protocol for a randomised controlled trial, which has the main objective of determining the impact of comprehensive assessment followed by a tailored multifaceted intervention in reducing dizziness episodes and symptoms, improving associated impairments to balance and gait and enhancing quality of life in older people with self-reported significant dizziness.

METHODS: Three hundred people aged 50 years or older, reporting significant dizziness in the past year will be recruited to participate in the trial. Participants allocated to the intervention group will receive a tailored, multifaceted intervention aimed at treating their dizziness symptoms over a 6 month trial period. Control participants will receive usual care. The primary outcome measures will be the frequency and duration of dizziness episodes, dizziness symptoms assessed with the Dizziness Handicap Inventory, choice-stepping reaction time and step time variability. Secondary outcomes will include health-related quality of life measures, depression and anxiety symptoms, concern about falling, balance and risk of falls assessed with the physiological fall risk assessment. Analyses will be by intention-to-treat.

DISCUSSION: The study will determine the effectiveness of comprehensive assessment, combined with a tailored, multifaceted intervention on dizziness episodes and symptoms, balance and gait control and quality of life in older people experiencing dizziness. Clinical implications will be evident for the older population for the diagnosis and treatment of dizziness.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: The study is registered with the Australia New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ACTRN12612000379819 .

Original languageEnglish
Article number56
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Geriatrics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2017

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  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular
  • Light-headedness
  • Randomised controlled trial
  • Aged
  • Accidental falls
  • Postural balance

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