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

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Postoperative prevention of falls in older adults with fragility fractures

16/04/2014

Source: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine

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Date of publication: 14th March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A comprehensive falls prevention plan should be established in postfracture patients. This plan should be
multicomponent and directed to correct as many risk factors as possible.

Length of publication: unknown, article in press

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Falls among the elderly : multi-factorial community-based falls-prevention programs

16/04/2014

Source: Journal of Aging Science

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The editorial discusses relevant public health research literature  on falls prevention efforts among
community-dwelling older adults that might assist in efforts to reduce mobility problems that arise due to falls among the elderly.

Length of publication: 4 pages

 


Implementation of evidence-based falls prevention in clinical services for high-risk clients

16/04/2014

Source: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

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Date of publication: 24th March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article investigates falls prevention practice among Hospital Admission Risk Programs (HARP) that provide and coordinate specialized health care
for people at high risk of hospitalization.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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“Better for others than for me”: a belief that should shape our efforts to promote participation in falls prevention strategies

16/04/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics

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Date of publication: 22nd March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article the reason older adults do not participate in falls prevention programmes.

Length of publication: 34 pages

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A national survey of services for bone health and falls prevention exercise programmes in primary care in Ireland

16/04/2014

Source: ISOS Press

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Date of publication: 1st March 2014 35(1) pps 17 – 24

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: To profile physiotherapy-led bone health and falls prevention services operating within the primary care structure in Ireland.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Predicting and assessing fall risk in an acute inpatient rehabilitation facility

16/04/2014

Source: Rehabilitation Nursing

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Date of publication: March/April 2014 39(2) pps 86-93

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to identify risk factors for falls and develop an assessment tool specific for an inpatient rehabilitation facility setting.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Neuropsychological, balance, and mobility risk factors for falls in people with multiple sclerosis: a prospective cohort study

16/04/2014

Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and rehabilitation

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Date of publication: March 2014 95(3) pps480-6

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to determine whether impaired performance in a range of vision, proprioception, neuropsychological, balance, and mobility tests and pain and fatigue are associated with falls in people with multiple sclerosis (PwMS.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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REFINE (REducing Falls in In-patieNt Elderly) using bed and bedside chair pressure sensors linked to radio-pagers in acute hospital care

16/04/2014

Source: Age and Ageing

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Date of publication: March 2014 43(2) pps 247-53

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to determine the effectiveness of sensor technology in the reduction of hospital falls.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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