Source: The Cochrane Library
Date of publication: February 2010
Publication type: Review
In a nutshell: This review looked specificaly at interventions to reduce falls among older people in nursing care facilities and hospitals. 41 trials were included involving 25,422 participants, three quarters of whom were women. The average age was 83.
The findings related to hospital patients who stayed longer than a few weeks suggested that interventions targeting multiple risk factors along with supervised exercise were effective. Limitations of the review include the small number of hospital studies included and difficulty in determining the outcome of treatments involving multiple components.
Length of publication: Summary (3 pages), Standard report (96 pages), Full report (117 pages)