A cost-benefit analysis of three older adult fall prevention interventions

17/02/2015

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2015, Vol 52 p. 62-70

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: About a third of people aged 65 and over falls every year, and 20-30% of these suffer injury as a result. This cost-benefit analysis aimed to identify community-based falls interventions that were feasible, effective and provided a positive return on investment. All three interventions investigated were found to provide net benefit, not only covering implementation costs but also exceeding the expected direct program delivery costs.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Altered visual–spatial attention to task-irrelevant information is associated with falls risk in older adults

16/01/2014

Source: Neuropsychologia

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Date of publication: December 2013 51(14) pages 3025–3032

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study which examines the association between visual–spatial attention to task-irrelevant stimuli and falls risk in community-dwelling older adults.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Fall prevention in older persons

15/11/2013

Source: Continuing Medical Education

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Date of publication:  October 2013 Vol. 31, No. 10

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the causes for falls in the elderly, where they are likely to occur and ways of preventing them.

Length of publication: One page


Prevention of falls in old people – a review

21/10/2013

Source: Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 2013, Vol 23 no 3 p. 206-222

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at how fall preventive programmes can prevent falls in older people.

Length of publication: 16 pages

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Results: the National Clinical Audit of Falls and Bone Health

06/12/2012

Source: Emergency Medicine Journal, 2012, 29 (10) p. 830-832

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Three audits were carried out over four years looking into falls services across the UK, and showed that falls management and bone health is sub-optimal in emergency departments and minor injury units, and there is an urgent need for more effective assessment and management to prevent further injury.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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National audit of falls and bone health in older people

15/07/2012

Source: Royal College of Physicians

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Date of publication: June 2012

Publication type: website

In a nutshell: Following a national clinical audit of falls and bone health, an information booklet has now been produced and a further pilot audit on inpatient falls has taken place, looking at falls prevention and post-falls care in hospital settings. The audit report makes various recommendations for local changes, but on a national scale.

Length of publication: 1 page


The effects of a safe or sorry programme on patient safety knowledge of nurses

11/11/2010

Source: International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2010, 47 (9) p. 1117-25

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Research in the Netherlands into the effectiveness of personalised, interactive and tailored educational interventions on nurses’ knowledge regarding the prevention of adverse events in hospital and nursing home wards. Knowledge of guidelines for the prevention of adverse events including falls was assessed before and 1 year after participation in a patient safety programme combining the 3 guidelines.  The educational intervention improved hospital nurses’ knowledge on the prevention of pressure ulcers only.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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North West In-Patient Falls Audit

04/10/2010

Source: Greater Manchester Public Health Practice Unit

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report presents the findings of the in-patient audit into falls management and prevention which was carried out across 14 acute trusts in the North West in 2009. Case notes relating to 998 patients formed the basis of the audit, and data collated concerning the frequency and type of falls assessments undertaken. The results of the case note review and service evaluation (carried out across 13 organisations including a community hospital and a treatment centre) revealed some improvements in falls services, compared to previous years such as the development of falls training programmes and designated falls leads. However,  in some hospitals basic checks are still found to be lacking and there is a need for falls risk assessments to be adapted at a local level and in line with the latest guidelines.

Length of publication: Executive Summary (14 pages), Service Evaluation (99 pages), Case Note Review (128 pages)

Aknowledgement: Clinical Effectivness Unit Blog, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust