Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 7

15/07/2014

Older adults’ perceptions of technologies for falls prevention and detection

15/07/2014

Source: International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2014, Vol 83 no 6 p. 416-426

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This systematic review looked at new technologies aimed at preventing falls, detecting falls and alarms after a fall, as well as those technologies created or adapted to be proactive in preventing falls from happening. There are often barriers to those technologies being used by people aged 50 and above. These barriers can anything from attitudes to personal independence and perceived need for safety, as well as usability, cost and what feedback the devices provide.

Length of publication: 10 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.


Videos to support falls prevention practice within care homes

15/07/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

Follow this link for information

Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The South West Ambulance Trust has put together several videos to help care homes reduce the risk of falls amongst their residents. Topics include: Preparing your team to prevent falls, Identifying people most at risk, The power of exercise and Assessments for those who have fallen. Supporting documents are available alongside the videos. A link to the South West Ambulance Trust’s campaign page is included.

Length of publication: 1 page


Sarcopenia and falls in community-dwelling elderly subjects in Japan

15/07/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, May 2014, online

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Sarcopenia is characterised by low muscle mass and strength, and low physical performance. This study assessed the association between sarcopenia and falls in the past year in elderly Japanese people in the community. Sarcopenia was found to be associated with falling in elderly people, meaning prevention interventions for sarcopenia may help prevent 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.


Coming soon: Tetris, Word Scramble and Pacman for falls prevention?

15/07/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

Follow this link for information

Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Interactive gaming in falls prevention is currently a hot topic, using exercise programs for balance training. Results from pilot trials show that step training can be done at home to improve certain key physical and mental parameters of fall risk in older people. But the team have are trying to develop new step training games modified from classic games such as Tetris, Pacman, Word Scramble, Bejewelled, Pong and Space Invaders – games traditionally played sitting down with hands. The next phase is to conduct an RCT over the next three years to determine the effects of such a program.

Length of publication: 1 page


Identifying risk of falls in stroke patients

15/07/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

Follow this link for information

Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This study compared a new assessment for classifying fallers and non-fallers, called the Stroke Assessment of Fall Risk, with a health system fall risk screening tool, the Fall Harm Risk Screen. The data show that an evidence-derived specific fall risk assessment may more accurately predict falling than a general screen, but additional refinement may be needed.

Length of publication: 1 page


NHS Scotland booklet offers advice on falls prevention

15/07/2014

Source: Chartered Sociey of Physiotherapy

Follow this link for full text

Date of publication: 18th June 2014

Publication types: News item

In a nutshell: A new booklet published by Age Scotland and the National Osteoporosis Society provides information and advice about reducing the risk of falls to older people, their relatives and carers.

Length of publication: One page

 


Investigation of older adults’ participation in exercises following completion of a state-wide survey targeting evidence-based falls prevention strategies.

15/07/2014

Source: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: 6th June 2014 e-pub ahead of print

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper examines whether involvement in an observational study may prompt participants to change their exercise behaviors.

Length of publication: 27 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 class in Haverhill to expand as national falls awareness week nears

15/07/2014

Source: Haverhill Echo

Follow this link for full text

Date of publication: 26 June 2014

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: The success of Haverhill Leisure Centre’s falls prevention class “Strength and Balance” has led to discussions on expanding the class in the town.

Length of publication: One page

 


Effects of drug pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic properties, characteristics of medication use, and relevant pharmacological interventions on fall risk in elderly patients’ falls

15/07/2014

Source: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: June 2014 vol. 10 pps. 437 – 448

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This review  summarize the multifaceted pharmaceutical concerns in the prevention of medication-related falls.

Length of publication: 11 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.


A research on functional status, environmental conditions, and risk of falls in dementia

15/07/2014

Source: International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Follow this link for the full text

Date of publication: 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to determine the effects of disability, physical activity, and functional status as well as environmental conditions on the risk of falls among the elderly with dementia after adjusting for sociodemographic factors.

Length of publication: 6 pages

 


Long-term participation in peer-led fall prevention classes predicts lower fall incidence

15/07/2014

Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: June 2014 95(6) pps. 1060–1066

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article investigates the association between length of participation in Steady As You Go (SAYGO) peer-led fall prevention exercise classes for older adults and 12-month fall incidence.

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.


Effects of 18-month low-magnitude high-frequency vibration on fall rate and fracture risks in 710 community elderly

15/07/2014

Source: Osteporosis International

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: June 2014 25(6) pps. 1785 – 1795

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A prospective cluster-randomized controlled clinical trial involving 710 elderly subjects to investigate the long-term effects of low-magnitude high-frequency vibration (LMHFV) on fall and fracture rates, muscle performance, and bone quality.

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.


Relevance of balance measurement tools and balance training for fall prevention in older adults

15/07/2014

Source: Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: June 2014 5(2) pps. 31-35

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This review evaluates the capability of different balance measurement tools to predict falls in the elderly, which are used routinely for assessing balance impairment.

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.