Publications by authors named "Ramón Miralles Basseda"

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Controlled trial of balance training using a video game console in community-dwelling older adults.

Age Ageing 2019 07;48(4):506-512

Unitat de Suport a la Recerca Metropolitana Nord (GRIDAES), Fundació Institut Universitari per a la recerca a l'Atenció Primària de Salut Jordi Gol i Gurina (IDIAPJGol), Mataró, Spain.

Background: gamification is a potentially attractive option for improving balance and reducing falls.

Objectives: to assess the effect of balance training using the NintendoTM Wii game console on balance (primary outcome), falls and fear of falling.

Design: quasi-randomised, open-label, controlled clinical trial in parallel groups, carried out on community-dwelling patients over 70 years, able to walk independently. Participants were assigned 1:1 to the intervention or control group. Balance training was conducted using the Nintendo WiiFitTM twice a week for 3 months. Balance was assessed using the Tinetti balance test (primary outcome), the unipedal stance and the Wii balance tests at baseline, 3 months and 1 year. Falls were recorded and Fear of falling was assessed by the Falls Efficacy Scale (Short-FES-I).

Results: 1,016 subjects were recruited (508 in both the intervention and the control group; of whom 274 and 356 respectively completed the 3-month assessment). There was no between-group difference in the Tinetti balance test score, with a baseline mean of 14.7 (SD 1.8) in both groups, and 15.2 (1.3) at 3 months in the intervention group compared to 15.3 (1.7) in controls; the between-group difference was 0.06 (95% CI 0.30-0.41). No differences were seen in any of the other balance tests, or in incident falls. There was a reduction in the fear of falling at 3 months, but no effect at 1 year.

Conclusions: the study found no effect of balance training using the NintendoTM Wii on balance or falls in older community-dwelling patients.The study protocol is available at under the code NCT02570178.
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July 2019

[Evaluation of the nurse working environment in health and social care intermediate care units in Catalonia].

Rev Esp Geriatr Gerontol 2016 Nov - Dec;51(6):342-348. Epub 2015 Dec 17.

Escuela Universitaria de Enfermería, Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, España; Dirección assistencial, Instituto Catalán de la Salud, Barcelona, España; Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL), Barcelona, España.

Introduction: A favourable work environment contributes to greater job satisfaction and improved working conditions for nurses, a fact that could influence the quality of patient outcomes. The aim of the study is two-fold: Identifying types of centres, according to the working environment assessment made by nurses in intermediate care units, and describing the individual characteristics of nurses related to this assessment.

Methods: An observational, descriptive, prospective, cross-sectional, and multicentre study was conducted in the last quarter of 2014. Nurses in intermediate care units were given a questionnaire containing the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI) which assesses five factors of the work environment using 31 items. Sociodemographic, employment conditions, professional and educational variables were also collected.

Results: From a sample of 501 nurses from 14 centres, 388 nurses participated (77% response). The mean score on the PES-NWI was 84.75. Nine centres scored a "favourable" working environment and five "mixed". The best valued factor was "work relations" and the worst was "resource provision/adaptation". Rotating shift work, working in several units at the same time, having management responsibilities, and having a master degree were the characteristics related to a better perception of the nursing work environment.

Conclusions: In most centres, the working environment was perceived as favourable. Some employment conditions, professional, and educational characteristics of nurses were related to the work environment assessment.
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March 2018

[Orthostatic and postprandial hypotension in elderly patients with chronic diseases and disability: prevalence and related factors].

Rev Esp Geriatr Gerontol 2009 Jan-Feb;44(1):12-8. Epub 2009 Feb 1.

Servicio Geriatría, Hospital del Mar, Hospital de la Esperanza, Centro Forum, IAGS, Barcelona, España.

Introduction: To assess the prevalence of orthostatic hypotension (OH) and postprandial hypotension (PPH) in patients admitted to an intermediate care unit, as well as to analyze the characteristics of these patients.

Patients And Methods: Sixty patients were analyzed according to the following criteria: age >65 years, able to take food orally, stand up and/or sit down, and clinically stable. A comprehensive geriatric assessment was carried out and the main diagnosis and the presence of autonomic neuropathy symptoms (ANS) were registered. Blood pressure (BP) was registered in the morning in supine position during the first 3min of postural change (standing or sitting). OH was defined as a decrease in systolic blood pressure (SBP) of 20mm Hg or a decrease in diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of 10mmHg. BP was registered after 15min of sitting and 60min after breakfast. PPH was defined as a decrease in SBP of 20mmHg.

Results: The mean age was 79.1+/-7.8 years. Nine patients (15%) had OH and 29 (48.3%) had PPH. The mean Lawton index (LI) score in patients with OH was 3.1+/-2.1 and was 5.2+/-2.6 in the remaining patients (P<.02). The mean body mass index (BMI) was 23.3+/-3.1 vs. 26.2+/-5.1 (P<.04). ANS was present in all nine patients (100%) with OH but in only 30 (58.8%) of the remaining 51 patients (chi-square=5.71; P<.03).

Conclusions: PPH was more frequent than OH. Patients with OH had a significantly lower LI score and BMI. The presence of ANS was significantly more frequent in patients with OH. There was no significant relationship between HO and PPH or among the remaining variables studied.
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September 2009