Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 5 Issue 12

16/12/2015

Survey opportunity on falls prevention research

16/12/2015

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: Website news item

In a nutshell: The University of Oxford are conducting a survey to update recommendations for conducting clinical trials on falls prevention in older people. They want to hear from you if you work in falls prevention – the survey takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Length of publication: 1 page


Effect of footwear on foot clearance, slippage and gait in older women

16/12/2015

Source: Gait and Posture, 2016, Vol 44 p. 43-47

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Footwear is likely to be a factor in falls, a major issue affecting older adults’ health. This study investigated the effect of footwear on minimum foot clearance, heel slippage and spatiotemporal variables of gait in community-dwelling older women. The results show that older women should be supported to make footwear choices with optimal fitting features; recommendations of particular styles and features of footwear may assist during falls prevention education to reduce the incidence of foot trips and falls.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Falls and older people: aftercare and prevention

16/12/2015

Source: Nursing in Practice

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Date of publication: 25 November 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: This article discusses the importance of immediate rapid assessment of an initial fall in order to prevent any subsequent falls.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


CSP responds to the spending review

16/12/2015

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Date of publication: 25 November 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Catherine Pope, Chair of Council at the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) explains why support is needed to expand services such as falls prevention and physiotherapy in GP surgeries.

Length of publication: One page

 

 


Using dollhouses to teach falls prevention

16/12/2015

Source: CBC News

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Date of publication: 30th November 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Dollhouses teach children to watch for hazards in the home in the hope the word passes to grandparents.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Teaching balance to seniors to help prevent falls

16/12/2015

Source: WUSF News

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Date of publication: 2nd December 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: An event organised by the National Council on Aging and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) teaches participants balance exercises to help prevent falls.

Length of publication: One page

 

 


Temporal trends in falls cases seen by EMS in Melbourne

16/12/2015

Source: Injury, 2015, online

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Injury due to falls is a major public health problem, especially for older people. This study aimed to compare the relative accuracies of ambulance call taker triage compared to paramedic assessment, and work out temporal trends and variations in demand for falls cases over time and by residence type for older adults. Using data from call takers may underestimate the incidence of falls compared to using paramedic case records by up to 13%. Temporal patterns can inform ambulance service policy and practice, falls referral and prevention programmes to optimise service delivery which will lessen the number of future falls cases.

Length of publication: 1 page

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A study on floor wear development: Impact on slip-resistance performance

16/12/2015

Source: Tribology International, 2016, Vol 95 p. 316-323

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked into the dynamics of wear and tear to pedestrian walkways to understand how wear develops and its impacts on slip-resistant performance. Friction tests were conducted and both qualitative and quantitative investigations carried out by surface analysis and microscopic observation. Changes to the surface were caused by direct and indirect wear which significantly affected slip-resistant function. The study may have potential applications for design improvements of floors and walkways to prevent slip and fall incidents.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Tailoring falls-prevention interventions to each patient

16/12/2015

Source: American Nurse Today

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Date of publication: November 2015 pps. 10-12

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at how individually tailored interventions can help reduce the risk of falls.

Length of publication: 2 pages


Clinical effectiveness of and attitudes and beliefs of health professionals towards the use of health technology in falls prevention among older adults

16/12/2015

Source: International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare

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Date of publication: December 2015 vol. 13 iss. 4 pps.  213-223

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this article is to analyse the evidence on the effectiveness, usability and acceptability of health technology in falls detection and prevention among older adults.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Unintentional injuries treated in emergency departments among older people

16/12/2015

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2015, online

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Date of publication: December 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: In the USA, unintentional injuries among older adults, and especially falls-related injuries, are an increasing public health concern. In 2011, 65% of these injuries were due to falls, which increased with age and peaked at the ≥ 100 age group. Prevention efforts to reduce falls and resulting injuries among adults aged ≥ 65 years have the potential to increase well-being and reduce health care spending. Increasing knowledge about fall risk factors and broadly disseminating evidence-based injury and fall prevention programs in both clinical and community settings must be priorities.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Further dissemination

16/12/2015

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