Filming the circumstances of falls in elderly people in care

Source: The Lancet, 2013, 381 (9860), p. 47-54

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Date of publication: January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This observational study was carried out over three years in Canada, using video cameras to film the circumstances of falls by long-term care residents. The objective was to record objective evidence as to how and why falls occur in this population. The study found the most frequent cause of falling was the shifting of weight incorrectly, followed by a trip or stumble, hits/bumps, loss of support and collapse. Slips accounted for only a very minor proportion. These results are aimed at providing more valid and effective approaches to balance assessment and falls prevention in long-term care.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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