Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 8 Issue 11

08/04/2019
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‘Managing pieces of a personal puzzle’ — Older people’s experiences of self-management falls prevention exercise guided by a digital program or a booklet

08/04/2019

Source: BMC, research in progress

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Date of publication: 18th February 2018, Vol. 19 iss. 43, pps. 1-12

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study was to explore older people’s experiences of a self-management fall prevention exercise routine guided either by a digital program (web-based or mobile) or a paper booklet.

 Length of publication: 12 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Environmental interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community

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Source: The Cochrane Library 

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Date of publication: February 2019, pps. 1-21

 Publication type: protocol

In a nutshell: This is a protocol for a Cochrane Review (Intervention). The objectives are as follows: To assess the effects (benefits and harms) of environmental interventions (such as assistive devices, and reduction of fall hazards in home, outdoors, and public places) for preventing falls in older people living in the community.

 Length of publication: 21 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Exercise prevents fall-related injuries in older people

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Source: Nature Reviews: Endocrinology

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Date of publication: 18th February 2019.Vol.15, pps. 193–194

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Long-term exercise is an important lifestyle factor that can substantially improve the health of older individuals. A new meta-analysis and systematic review builds on previous studies and provides further evidence that exercise interventions can prevent fall-related injuries and fractures in people aged >60 years.

 Length of publication: two pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Does aquatic exercise improve commonly reported predisposing risk factors to falls within the elderly? A systematic review

08/04/2019

Source: BMC, research in progress

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Date of publication: 22nd February 2019, Vol. 19 iss. 52, pps. 1-16

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: According to the World Health Organization, the elderly are at the highest risk of injury or death from a fall. Age-related changes in strength, balance and flexibility are degenerative factors that may increase the risk of falling, and an aquatic training may offer a favourable environment to improve these modifiable risk factors.

 Length of publication: 16 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Walking adaptability for targeted fall-risk assessments

08/04/2019

Source: Gait & Posture

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Date of publication: May 2019 Vol. 70, pps. 203-210

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential merit of a walking-adaptability assessment for identifying prospective fallers and risk factors for future falls in a cohort of stroke patients, Parkinson’s disease patients, and controls.

 Length of publication: 7 pages

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Using a fall prevention checklist to reduce hospital falls: results of a quality improvement project

08/04/2019

Source: American Journal of Nursing

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Date of publication: March 2019 , Vol. 119 iss. 3, pps. 43–49

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This quality improvement (QI) initiative aimed to promote patient safety by improving adherence to an existing hospita-approved fall prevention protocol. Specific aims of the initiative were to evaluate the impact of using a fall prevention checklist on (1) the implementation of a bundle of 14 specific interventions (the fall prevention protocol) and (2) the incidence of falls on participating units.

 Length of publication: 6 pages

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Influence of age and falls incidence on tau guidance of centre of pressure movement during gait initiation

08/04/2019

Source: Gait & Posture

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Date of publication:May 2019, Vol. 70, pps. 104-108

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Prospective balance control can be assessed in terms of the characteristics of a tau-guidance function that summarizes the velocity profile of Centre of Pressure (CoP) movement during gait initiation. This allows the nature of CoP movement to be assessed on a continuum between controlled ‘soft’- and unstable ‘hard’ CoP-motion gap-closure. Previous research has shown less stable movement patterns with harder closures with increasing age, which makes movements more prone to overshooting and could possibly explain the increasing falls risk with age.

The primary research question was ‘what is the relationship between falls incidence and tau-guidance in the mediolateral centre of pressure movements during gait initiation?’ The secondary research question was ‘what are the influences of age and task demands on the variability of tau-guidance characteristics?’.

 Length of publication: 4 pages

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Perspectives of healthcare professionals in England on falls interventions for people with dementia: a qualitative interview study

08/04/2019

Source: BMJ Open

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Date of publication: March 2019, Vol. 9 iss. 2, pps. 1-9

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Objective To explore the experiences of healthcare professionals working in falls prevention and memory assessment services in providing assessments and interventions for falls risk reduction in people with dementia.Design This is a qualitative study using 19 semistructured interviews.

 Length of publication: 9 pages

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