Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 5 Issue 3

19/03/2015
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Geospatial distribution of fall-related hospitalisation incidence in Texas

19/03/2015

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2015, online

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study examined incidence and characteristics of fall-related hospitalisations among Texans aged 50 or older by geography and across time, to try and identify fall hot-spots which might lack fall prevention programmes. The study concluded that increased efforts are needed to identify older adults at elevated risk of falling, and that referral systems need to take geographical settings into account. This can in turn inform strategic planning efforts to develop clinical-community partnerships to offer fall-prevention programmes in high-risk areas.

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.


Video footage and fall-incidence reports in long-term care.

19/03/2015

Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2015, Online

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked into how much agreement there was between reports of falls in long-term care facilities and video footage of the falls over a six year period. There was agreement between video footage and reports under half of the time. These technologies incorporating video capture or wearable sensors can improve our ability to understand the mechanisms involved in falls and to improve the prevention of falls in long-term care facilities.

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.


Depression and fear of falling in a falls prevention programme

19/03/2015

Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2015, online

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looked into whether depression predicted less improvement in fear of falling and falls efficacy in older adults attending a fall prevention programme it found that there was no association between depression and change in fear of falling, but there was a correlation between improvement in depressive symptoms and improvement in falls efficacy, which raises the question of whether a cognitive behavioural intervention that simultaneously targets both depression and falls efficacy would be a useful component of a FPP.

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.


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

19/03/2015

Source: Journal of Safety Research, 2015, Vol 52 p. 65-70

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: One in three people aged 65 or over falls annually and 20-30% of falls result in injury. This cost-benefit analysis looked into community-based fall interventions that were feasible, effective and provided a positive return on investment.

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.


Prevention of falls for adults with intellectual disability (PROFAID): a feasibility study

19/03/2015

Source: Disability and Rehabilitation

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Date of publication: 25th February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A  physiotherapy intervention for people with intellectual disability (ID) to improve balance.

Length of publication: 9 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.


Alexander Technique training on gait behaviour in older adults

19/03/2015

Source: Journal of Body 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, which can cause a heightened falls risk, is a serious health issue faced by older adults. The Alexander Technique is thought to improve balance and motor function, but the technique’s effect on gait has not been investigated. This study sought to examine the effect of Alexander technique training in older adults. The findings suggest superior control of dynamic stability during gait and potentially reduced fall risk in Alexander Technique teachers, both of which mean the technique warrants further study.

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.


Programs for seniors focus on preventing falls, maintaining independence

19/03/2015

Source: Telegram.com

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Date of publication: February 25th 2015

Publication type: news item

In a nutshell: Fall prevention programmes to help patients live safely and independently through home assessments and coordination among care givers, doctors, social workers, therapists and nutritionists.

Length of publication: one page

 


Neck manipulation in elderly falls prevention

19/03/2015

Source: Journal of the Canadian Chiropratric Association

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Date of publication: 2015 Mar; 59(1): pps 53–63

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A look into whether neck manipulation can help reduce falls in older people.

Length of publication: Ten 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.


Quality of Austrian and Dutch falls-prevention information

19/03/2015

Source: Health Education Journal

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Date of publication: 26th February 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to evaluate and compare the quality of written patient information material available in Austrian and Dutch hospitals and nursing homes pertaining to falls prevention.

Length of publication: 15 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.


Work to prevent falls will be rolled out across Lancashire

19/03/2015

Source: Lancashire Telegraph

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Date of publication: 7th march 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A pioneering falls prevention programme – trialled in East Lancashire – is set to be rolled out across the county over the next two years.

Length of publication: One page

 

 


Tai chi: reducing falls through better balance

19/03/2015

Source: htrnews.com

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Date of publication: 8th March 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Residents of Felician Village in Manitowoc, Wisonsin, USA are turning to an ancient Chinese martial art in an effort to reduce falls.

Length of publication: One page

 

 


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