Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 3 Issue 12

13/12/2013

Falls in older persons with intellectual disabilities

13/12/2013

Source: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research

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Date of publication: 1st December 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study investigates the fall rate, circumstances and fall  consequences of older people with intellectual disabilities.

Length of publication: 12 pages


The role of podiatry in the prevention of falls in older people

13/12/2013

Source: JAPMA

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Date of publication: November/December 2013, 103(6)

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A special issue focusing on the benefit and impact of footwear and foot and ankle interventions in reducing the risk of falling.

Length of publication: four pages

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Environmental and behavioural interventions for reducing physical activity limitation in community-dwelling visually impaired older people

13/12/2013

Source: The Cochrane Library

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Date of publication: 2013, issue 6

Publication type: review article

In a nutshell: To assess the effectiveness of environmental and behavioural interventions in reducing activity limitationand improving quality of life amongst visually impaired older people.

Length of publication: 22 pages


Designing and evaluating an electronic patient falls reporting system

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Source: International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2013, Vol 82 no 11 p. e294-e306

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Electronic falls reporting systems can often aid improvement efforts to prevent patient falls, thereby saving money and lives, but many long term care facilities either can’t or won’t invest in such systems due to costs or lack of staff training. This paper looks at a system that is easy to use, and with no initial investment costs aside from personnel to set up.

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.


Neurological disorders and the risk of falls in the elderly

13/12/2013

Source: BMJ Open, 2013, online

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aimed to evaluate and compare the impact of neurological diseases on falls risk in older people based in the community. Comparing this group of people to a control group with no neurological disorder, it found that the group with disorders was far more likely to fall for various reasons. Health professionals are advised to view neurological patients as high risk and routinely query and advise them about falls.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Strategies used by transtibial amputees to prevent falling during gait

13/12/2013

Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013, Vol 94 no 11 p. 2186-2193

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked at the strategies such amputees use to cope with gait stability and adaptability, and how these differ from those adopted by able-bodied controls. It found that amputees can use the same strategies to deal with these challenges and to prevent falls, though they tended to walk more slowly than those in the control group.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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A 12 week whole body vibration RCT for balance improvement

13/12/2013

Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2013, Vol 94 no 11 p. 2112-2118

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This trial compared whole body vibration (WBV) to a control group to test how much balanced was improved in people with diabetes. It was found to improve balance in participants with diabetes, and the findings may have important implications for falls prevention for this group in the primary care sector.

Length of publication: 6 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.


The relationship among falls, rehabilitation outcomes and health services use

13/12/2013

Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2013, Vol 14 no 11 p. 832-836

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked at determining the characteristics associated with single and multiple fallers in a post-acute rehabilitation centre. It found that the majority of fallers were older males who were frail and suffered cognitive impairment and depressive symptoms. Multiple fallers were particularly at risk of poor functional recovery and increased health service use. Specific programs targeting these patients should be developed in further studies.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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


Influences of a Falls-Prevention Program on participants’ everyday life

13/12/2013

Source: Informa Healthcare

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Date of publication: December 2013, Vol. 31, No. 4

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A multidisciplinary program developed in Sweden aimed at the decrease of accidental falls and at promotion of the health benefits of staying engaged in valued occupations.

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.

Translating Falls Prevention Knowledge to community-dwelling older people with dementia

13/12/2013

Source: The Gerontologist

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Date of publication: 11th November 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A mixed-method systematic review aimed to integrate evidence of falls prevention efficacy with views/experiences of PLWD.

Length of publication: 17 pages

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Further dissemination

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