Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 6

16/06/2014

Falls Prevention and Management in Older People, 2nd July 2014

16/06/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: This is a conference in Manchester focusing on reducing falls and harm from falls in the over 65s.

Length of publication: 1 page


Royal Melbourne Hospital Falls Risk Assessment Tool for post-stroke patients

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Source: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 2014, Vol 21 no 4 p. 607-611

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls after a stroke are common and carry a significant disease burden. It is good practice to predict those who are at risk of falls to implement prevention techniques and therapy. This study aimed to determine the validity of a tool developed by the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In both high-risk and medium-risk groups, the tool did not offer sufficient predictive value.

Length of publication: 4 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.


Falls prevention directory launched

16/06/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: The Southern Trust in Northern Ireland has launched a falls prevention directory online to give older people more access to local services and more control over their own efforts to prevent falls. The directory provides information on services along with a dedicated section for professionals who provide services and a toolkit for nursing and residential homes. It will be updated regularly and will provide links to websites, video clips, booklets and publications, among other things.

Length of publication: 1 page


Preventing falls with Tai Ji Quan: A public health perspective

16/06/2014

Source: Journal of Sport and Health Science, 2014, Vol 3 no 1 p. 21-26

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Trials have demonstrated that Tai Ji Quan can reduce falls and associated injuries, but to have a population-level impact this must be translated into community programmes that meet the needs and abilities of their populations. The programmes must be adapted to fit into existing community structures, disseminated through multiple delivery channels, adopted and implemented broadly by organizations, and institutionalized to ensure sustainability.

Length of publication: 5 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.


Impaired standing balance: the clinical need for closing the loop

16/06/2014

Source: Neuroscience, 2014, Vol 267 p. 157-165

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Impaired standing balance has a high impact on the health and quality of life of older people. Current clinical tests are unable to identify weak links when standing balance is impaired, which means that other techniques are required to identify these weak links. These are called Closed Loop System identification techniques.

Length of publication: 8 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.


Empowering older people at risk of falls

16/06/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: Medline Plus, a service from the US National Library of Medicine, has produced a list of questions older people can ask their GP to help them control their own risk of falls. Questions include information on exercise, medication, home safety and what to do after experiencing a fall, as well as pointing out the role GPs can provide in preventing falls.

Length of publication: 1 page


Improving falls risk screening and prevention using an e-learning approach

16/06/2014

Source: Journal of Nursing Management

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Date of publication:  21 May 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study which investigated the impact of an e-learning education programme for nurses on falls risk screening, falls prevention and post-falls management.

Length of publication: 10 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.


Falls and self-assessment of eyesight among Brazilian elderly people

16/06/2014

Source: Archives of Genrontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 59 no 1 p. 131-135

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Date of publication: July/August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The paper tried to verify the association between falls and self-assessed acuity of vision in 1593 people aged 60 and over. Elderly people assessing their eyesight as bad or very bad fell more compared to those who believed they had good or excellent sight. This shows the need to contact those elderly people with difficulties in their sight and create actions to prevent possible falls.

Length of publication: 4 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.


Novel safety floors and balance reaction in older adults

16/06/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 2014, Vol 40 no 1 p. 160-165

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Novel safety flooring systems have been shown to reduce impact severity during falls while minimally impairing balance control in older women in the community. This is therefore a promising approach for reducing fall-related injuries in seniors.

Length of publication: 5 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.


Promoting participation in fall prevention strategies

16/06/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 59 no 1 p. 136-144

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Date of publication: July-August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Participation by older adults in fall prevention strategies is often poor: while they believe a strategy works in general, they often feel like it won’t benefit them personally. This Australian study aims to describe the frequency and reasons for older adults identifying prevention strategies as being ‘better for others than for me’. Strategies to promote participation may need to convince older adults that they too are at risk of falls and that the activities they currently take part in may not be enough to prevent falls and injury.

Length of publication: 8 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.


Further dissemination

16/06/2014

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