Information for Boston RISE Study Participants

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Why is the study called Boston RISE?

Boston RISE stands for the Boston Rehabilitative Impairment Study of theElderly. Rehabilitative impairments are physical problems, like weakness or poor balance, that make it difficult for a person to do daily activities and move around in their environment. Treatments can target different rehabilitative impairments in order to improve a person’s mobility. We hope our results will help health care professionals design prevention strategies and rehabilitative treatments for the primary care setting. These practices will help to prevent mobility loss and progression of disability in older adults.

What does the study involve?

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The study includes a full physical exam like you would receive at your doctor. It also involves a full rehabilitative exam where we will test things like your balance, strength, and walking ability. These exams will take place at 2 separate visits that will happen within 2 weeks of each other. Each visit lasts about 1.5-3 hours. The first visit will take place at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the other will take place at the Spaulding Cambridge Outpatient Center. These two visits will be repeated every year for 2 years at SCOC. This means that you will come back for two more visits one year after your first two visits and then again for two more visits the year after that.

At the first visit, you will complete a short health history, physical exam, and cognitive testing. At your first study visit, you will also be able to choose whether or not you want to have your blood drawn.

At the second visit, you will complete a rehabilitation history questionnaire, a reaction time test, and several measures that test your physical abilities, including mobility, balance, core endurance, and strength.

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Is transportation provided?

We will provide transportation for all people who are unable to come to the visits on their own. We will arrange for a transportation service to pick you up and take you home, and we will cover the cost. Parking passes will be provided to participants who drive to MGH. Free parking is available at SCOC.

Contact Nicole Holt at 617-952-6951 to arrange transportation or to get a parking voucher.

What is the benefit of taking part in this study?

There is no direct benefit to you from taking part in this study. You may feel good about contributing to medical research. The results of this study may lead to new treatments that doctors can use to prevent older adults from losing their mobility and their ability to do daily activities. In addition, we will share the results of some of the tests with your doctor if you say we can.

Are there any risks?

The risks for most of the tests are similar to those risks involved in common activities of daily living as well as standing, stair climbing, walking, and taking part in a physical therapy program.

  • During the first week after testing there is the chance that you may have sore muscles. This soreness usually does not last long, and it often goes away within a few days. This is a normal response to the exercises you do during our testing.
  • You may get tired during the tests.
  • Another risk is for stress on your heart. We will screen for heart problems with questions and a walking test.
  • The walking and balance testing could possibly result in a fall. All the tests are done with a chair, counter or fixed bar nearby for support, and a study staff member will be close to you at all times.

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How will I be reimbursed for my time?

As a thank you, you will receive $40 for each 2 visit evaluation ($20 per visit).

If I have questions about this research study whom can I call?

Please contact the study coordinator, Nicole Holt, at 617-952-6951 if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the study. Please visit the contact page for more details.

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