Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 9

18/09/2014

GP-led tai chi class reduces falls in elderly

18/09/2014

Source: Pulse

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Date of publication: 29 August 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: “A GP-led program has successfully boosted physical activity levels and reduced falls among the elderly by teaching them tai chi…”

Length of publication: 1 page

 


Falls prevention focused medication review by a pharmacist in an acute hospital: implications for future practice

18/09/2014

Source: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

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Date of publication: 10th August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to determine the number and types of falls risk medicines suitable for intervention, and to develop guidance to optimise the effectiveness of future medication related falls prevention initiatives.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Fatty degeneration of gluteus minimus muscle as predictor of falls

18/09/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 1 August 2014, online

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The degeneration of fatty tissue in the gluteus minimus tends to be unevenly distributed, unlike that of the gluteus maximus, and researchers believe that this may play a crucial role in stability of the pelvis. Evaluating fatty streaks in this muscle could help give an early indication of those at higher risk of falling.

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.


The importance of minimum toe clearance in level ground walking

18/09/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 28 July 2014, online

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Tripping is supposed to be the main cause of falls while walking. At minimum toe clearance, the potential for falls is the highest, so controlling this minimum clearance is essential for walking without tripping. This study aimed to determine if elderly people showed lower minimum toe clearance while doing more than one task at once.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Can exercise prevent falls in older adults with sight impairments?

18/09/2014

Source: Journal of Physiotherapy, 2014, Vol 60 no 3 p. 130-135

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Exercise and physical training in residential care settings can improve performance on some tests of physical function of older adults with visual impairments, which are risk factors for falls. However, the impact on falls themselves in as yet unclear and warrants further research. The same impact for community-based older adults with visual impairments also requires further research.

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.


Dietary protein/vitamin D in maintaining musculoskeletal health in postmenopausal women

18/09/2014

Source: Maturitas, 2014, Vol 79 no 1 p. 122-132

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Postmenopausal women over 50 years of age have an increased risk of sarcopenia and osteoporosis because of deterioration of musculoskeletal health. These disorders both increase the risk of falling and fractures. The disorders can easily be curbed by a health and active lifestyle, including intake of protein, vitamin D and calcium as well as physical activity. These will all build bone and muscle strength and will lead to less likelihood of falls.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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


Church-based social marketing for elderly balance classes for fall prevention

18/09/2014

Source: Preventive Medicine, 2014, Vol 67 p. 75-81

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Date of publication: October 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study was to determine whether a US church-based social marketing programme would increase older adults’ participation in balance classes for falls prevention. Compared to almost the same number of control churches, the churches involved in the study had a higher mean proportion and mean number of congregants who joined balance classes.

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.


Characteristics of elderly fall patients with baseline mental status: high-risk features for intracranial injury

18/09/2014

Source: American Journal of Emergency Medicine

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Date of publication:  August 2014 vol. 32 iss. 8, pps 890–894

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: To describe the low-acuity elderly fall population and study which historical and clinical features predict traumatic intracranial injuries (ICIs).

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Survey: Falls Prevention in General Practice

18/09/2014

Source: Twitter

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: Tweet (social media) leading to online survey

In a nutshell: This is an online survey through SurveyMonkey requesting information on how General Practitioners address falls prevention in their every day practice with older people.

Length of publication: 1 page


Exercise is an essential part of falls prevention

18/09/2014

Source: Physiospot

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Date of publication: Sept. 4th 2014

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Study on how exercise can significantly reduce falls in older adults.

Length of publication: one page


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18/09/2014

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