Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 5 Issue 2

17/02/2015
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Identifying clusters of falls-related hospital admissions to inform population targets for prioritising falls prevention programmes

17/02/2015

Source: Injury prevention

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Date of publication: January 24th 2015

Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: A study  to identify clusters of community-dwelling older people in the general population who are at increased risk of
being admitted to hospital following a fall and how those clusters differed in their use of hospital resources.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Walking program insufficient to reduce risk of falls in elderly

17/02/2015

Source: MedicalResearch.com

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Date of publication: January 17th 2015

Publication type: article

In a nutshell: Increase of physical activity does not seem to have a significant impact in reducing falls among New South Wales’ older adult population.

Length of publication: one 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 medico-legal evaluation of injuries from paediatric falls

17/02/2015

Source: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2015 (online)

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls present a high risk of morbidity and mortality, and place a heavy financial burden on the healthcare system, especially in children who are prone to fall accidents. This paper looks at preventive measures that could be introduced to reduce such events.

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.


Bottom-up subspace clustering: a paradigm shift to prevent fall injuries?

17/02/2015

Source: Medical Hypotheses, 2015, online

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Despite over 10,000 publications since 1990, fall injury rates in older people are still increasing over and above population ageing. This paper investigated the hypothesis that falls are a complex multi-systems medical problem, and a paradigm shift in statistical methods is required before fall injuries can be substantially reduced. It introduces a bottom-up supervised subspace clustering approach as an alternative to conventional approaches to statistical collection.

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.


Comparing fall prevention using exercise with and without motivational interviewing

17/02/2015

Source: Preventive Medicine Reports, 2015, online

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper studied the feasibility of a randomised controlled trial based on a multicentre fall prevention intervention and exercise with or without motivational interviews compared to standard care. No significant differences were found between the groups regarding the outcome measures.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Letter from the College of Optometrists

17/02/2015

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This is a letter to the ProFaNE website promoting the joint working of optometrists and falls teams to prevent vision-related falls in their patients. They have a dedicated falls resource page on their website and wish to share information and best practice with colleagues.

Length of publication: 1 page


Practical guide to health ageing

17/02/2015

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new guide published by AgeUK looks at several aspects of growing older that can be reviewed to reduce their effects. The guide includes a section on preventing falls but nearly all the sections included have a falls prevention aspect and if taken as a whole provides an excellent base from which to start reducing the effects of ageing and live a healthier older life.

Length of publication: 1 page


A cost-benefit analysis of three older adult fall prevention interventions

17/02/2015

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2015, Vol 52 p. 62-70

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: About a third of people aged 65 and over falls every year, and 20-30% of these suffer injury as a result. This cost-benefit analysis aimed to identify community-based falls interventions that were feasible, effective and provided a positive return on investment. All three interventions investigated were found to provide net benefit, not only covering implementation costs but also exceeding the expected direct program delivery costs.

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.


Effects of Alexander Technique on Gait Behaviour in Older Adults

17/02/2015

Source: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2015 (online)

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Age-related changes in gait can produce a heightened fall risk, which is a serious health issue faced by older adults. The Alexander Technique is thought to improve balance and motor function, but its effect on gait has not been studied, which this study sought to correct. The findings suggest superior control of dynamic stability during gait and potentially reduced fall risk, which warrant further study.

Length of publication: 1 page

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17/02/2015

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