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Research project: A pragmatic randomised controlled trial of nurse-delivered vestibular rehabilitation for dizzy patients in primary care - Dormant - Dormant

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Dizziness is a common symptom, particularly in older people. It results in frequent medical consultation, medication use and disability. For older people it is associated with falls and fear of falling.


No medication is recommended for curative or long-term palliative use and exercise-based rehabilitation therapy has been recommended as a treatment option. Previously, this form of therapy has been delivered by specialist staff in secondary care. This study investigated the effectiveness of using primary-care based nurses to deliver the therapy.

Main question(s)

To evaluate the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation delivered by practice nurses for patients with chronic dizziness.


Single blind randomised controlled trial

Main outcomes

Assessment at baseline, three months and six months of self-reported spontaneous and provoked symptoms of dizziness, dizziness-related quality of life, and objective measurement of postural stability with eyes open and eyes closed.

Project team

Bronagh Walsh, Prof Lucy Yardley, Dr Helen Smith, Maggie Donovan-Hall 

Project funder

 NHS Executive South East

Related research groups

Health Work and Systems

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