Horizon Scanning Falls Prevention Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 4

16/04/2014
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Twelve month follow-up of an Australian falls prevention programme

16/04/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 58 no 2 p. 283-292

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Date of publication: March/April 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Randomised trials have shown that fall prevention programmes are effective in reducing falls in older adults, but the impact of these programmes need to be studied in real-life settings. This study aimed to examine the impact of a sustained programme of activities and find out what benefits had been reported. Benefits in joint flexibility, mobility and balance and enjoyment were reported. However, recall of certain parts of the programme such as the educational component and behavioural training were minimal.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Community pharmacists in Doncaster commissioned to provide falls prevention service

16/04/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: Doncaster CCG have commissioned community pharmacists to provide a falls prevention service, in a move hoped to spread nationally. The pharmacists are being paid £10 per intervention targeting over 65s in the borough who are taking multiple medicines and may be at risk of a fall. It is hoped that this will ease winter pressures on the NHS.

Length of publication: 1 page


NICE consultation on social care includes recommendation on falls

16/04/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: New NICE quality standards and guidance to improve social care have been published, which contain recommendations on falls in older people and how they can regain independence afterwards.

Length of publication: 1 page


Anti-hypertensives are associated with falls in elderly people

16/04/2014

Source: BMJ, 25th February 2014

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: People aged over 70 who are on drugs for high blood pressure appear to be at a higher risk of injuries after falls than those who are not being treated, especially if they have had a previous fall.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Impaired standing balance: the clinical need for closing the loop

16/04/2014

Source: Neuroscience, online 6 March 2014

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Maintaining physical balance requires the sensory, nervous and motor systems to all work together within the body, mutually affecting each other in a closed loop. Aging deteriorates these systems and can impair balance which can in turn lead to falls.

Length of publication: 1 page

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.