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Registration number
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Date submitted
Date registered
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Titles & IDs
Public title
Is Sensory Stimulation Effective in Reducing Time Spent in a Coma or Vegetative State
Scientific title
A Randomised Control Trial to Determine the Effectiveness of Sensory Stimulation Program in Reducing the Length of Time Spent by Severely Brain Injured Patients in a Vegetative State in the Acute Hospital Environment
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Traumatic Brain Injury 0 0
Condition category
Condition code
Injuries and Accidents 0 0 0 0
Other injuries and accidents
Neurological 0 0 0 0
Other neurological disorders

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Treatment: Surgery - Sensory Stimulation
Treatment: Devices - Sesnory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique

Treatment: Surgery: Sensory Stimulation

Treatment: Devices: Sesnory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique

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Treatment: Surgery
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Treatment: Devices
Comparator / control treatment
Control group

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Patients are allocated to a level on the SMART scale every ten days, compariosns are made between the control and experimental groups
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Secondary outcome [1] 0 0
Fucntional status at six months, assessed using the modified Barthel
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Key inclusion criteria
- admitted with severe brain injury

- GCS of 9 or less. A GCS score of 9 or less is indicative of a severe brain injury

- medically stable, as documented by medical staff

- age 18 to 65 years

- controlled intracranial pressure no sedation

- no previous brain injury
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
65 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Exclusion Criteria

- patient declared brain dead

- next of kin withdraws patient from the study

- withdrawal of consent by patient on waking

- raised uncontrolled intracranial pressure, following discussions with treating medical

- patient enrolled in DECRA or RSI Trials

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Phase 4
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Unknown status
Data analysis
Reason for early stopping/withdrawal
Other reasons
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
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The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Melbourne
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The Alfred Hosptial - Melbourne
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3050 - Melbourne
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3181 - Melbourne

Funding & Sponsors
Primary sponsor type
Bayside Health
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Victorian Trauma Foundation
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Ethics approval
Ethics application status

Brief summary
A randomised control trial of patients who have a severe brain injury to determine if
patients who receive a standardised sensory stimulation program emerge earlier from a
vegetative state. The experimental group would receive, in addition to their normal
occuaptional therapy, sensory stimulation which would involve the daily application of
stimulation to all five senses using the Sensory Modalities Assessment and Rehabilitation
Technique (SMART).
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Public notes

Principal investigator
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Jacqui M Morarty, Occupational Therapist
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Bayside Health
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Contact person for public queries
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Jacqui M Morarty, Occupational Therapist
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61 (0)3 92763526
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Contact person for scientific queries

Summary results
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