This randomized controlled trial assessed the feasibility of an intervention called “Wii.n.Walk” for improving walking capacity in older adults with lower limb amputation.
The study’s participants included individuals who were ⩾50 years old with a unilateral lower limb amputation and who lived in a community-living setting. The “Wii.n.Walk” intervention consisted of Wii Fit training, 3x/week (40 minute sessions), for 4 weeks. Training started in the clinic in groups of 3 and graduated to unsupervised home training. Control group were trained using cognitive games.
The feasibility indicators measured included: trial process, resources, management, and treatment. The primary clinical outcome was as follows: walking capacity measured using the 2 Minute Walk Test at baseline, end of treatment, and 3-week retention.
The results suggested the feasibility of the Wii.n.Walk with a medium effect size for improving walking capacity. Future larger randomized controlled trials investigating efficacy are warranted.