Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 5 Issue 1

15/01/2015
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Preventing falls a combination of education and treatment; tips, resources for people of all ages

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Source: Cleveland.com

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Date of publication: 29 December 2014

Publication type: news article

In a nutshell: Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center opens a multidisciplinary falls prevention clinic in order to both diagnose causes of falls as well as ways of preventing them.

Length of publication: one page


Developing a fall-reduction programme for lower-extremity joint arthroplasty patients

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Source: Anesthesiology Clinics, 2014, Vol 32 no 4 p. 853-864

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Total joint arthroplasty patients are at increased risk for post-operative falls, but by working as a team, people of different specialities can provide a multidisciplinary approach that is associated with greater success in implementing interventions and reducing fall rates. These interventions are an integral part of patient care, and are necessary for long-term changes. Multicomponent interventions addressing specific risk factors are also essential to a successful fall reduction programme.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Fall Factors among the Elderly in a Beijing Urban Community

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Source: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, 2014, Vol 27 no 12 p. 939-949

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This cross-sectional study looked into the incidence of falls and recurrent falls and associated factors within these among urban community-dwelling elderly people in Beijing. It found various risk factors for single falls and recurrent falls, as well as ways to lower the risk of both. Falls and their related injuries have been associated with intrinsic as well as extrinsic factors.

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.


Effect of Pilates exercise for improving balance in older adults

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Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2014, online

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This systematic review investigated the effect of Pilates on balance and falls in older adults, and whether programmes tested in previous studies met best practice recommendations. The review notes a lack of high quality studies in this field, but the evidence available showed that Pilates can improve balance, which is a significant risk factor for falls in older adults. However, there is limited data on the impact of falls, and effects may have been overestimated due low quality of methodology in previous studies.

Length of publication: 1 page

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SECAmb launch campaign to reduce falls

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Source: Sussex Express

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Date of publication: 11th December 2014

Publication type: news article

In a nutshell: Ambulance staff are launching a campaign to reduce the number of preventable falls this winter.

Length of publication: one page


Sensors on hospital wards as patient falls increase

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Source: Hereford Times

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Date of publication: 11th December 2014

Publication type: news article

In a nutshell: The use of sensors at Leominster Community Hospital for patients most at risk of falls.

Length of publication: one page


Posture estimation and human support using wearable sensors and walking-aid robot

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Source: Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2014, online

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper introduces a walking-aid robot that can automatically detect when a human, wearing sensors, is about to fall and act to stop it from happening. The robot takes reading of centre of pressure and centre of gravity from the person to predict possible falls and act accordingly.

Length of publication: 1 page

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An interactive voice response system for identifying older adults’ falls

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Source: Preventive medicine, 2015, Vol 71, p. 31-36

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Interactive voice response systems can collect data from a wide geographical area very easily and frequently. This study assessed the quality of the data collected from older people participating in a falls prevention programme evaluation in Pennsylvania. IVR was found to be a productive method of collecting data for falls research. Future research needs to establish the level of personal contact required to increase IVR completion rates.

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.


Indoor gateball’s influence on life satisfaction and the prevention of falls by the elderly

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Source: Journal of Physical Therapy Science

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Date of publication: 25th December 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  A study which investigates the effects of indoor gateball exercise on life satisfaction and the prevention of falls by the elderly.

Length of publication: two pages

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Falls risk in older adults with type 2 diabetes

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Source: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine

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Date of publication: February 2015 31(1) pps.89-99

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The correlation between diabetes and the increase of falls in older adults.

Length of publication: ten pages

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