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Effects of three home-based exercise programmes on falls, quality of life and exercise-adherence in older persons at risk of falling: protocol for a randomised controlled trial

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Home-based exercise programmes appear to reduce the rate of falls, number of fallers, risk of falling and even mortality. They also improve balance, leg strength, function, physical activity and balance confidence in older people living in the community. Despite these effects, the adherence to these programmes drops from 80% at 2-4 months to 40% after 12 months.

The aim of this study is to compare the short and long-term effects of 3 home-based exercise programmes on falls, quality of life and exercise-adherence in older people at risk of falling.

Trained physiotherapists will implement the home-based exercise programs at the home of 400 participants in 2 French-speaking and in 2 German-speaking areas in Switzerland.

The Institute of Information Systems is responsible of the creation of a platform to present the Test-and-Exercise program based on the Self-efficacy concept on android tablets. The platform will have an array of tablets connected to a central server to provide the set of exercises and store information sent from accelerometer wristbands for future research. This work is performed in partnership with dividat.ch.