Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 6 Issue 1

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Educators’ perspectives about how older hospital patients can engage in a falls prevention education programme: a qualitative process evaluation

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Source: BMJ Open

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Date of publication: 9 December 2015 vol. 5 iss. 12 pps. 1-19

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to explore educators perspectives of delivering patient and staff education, and to conceptualise how the programme worked to prevent falls among older patients who received the education.

Length of publication: 9 pages

 

 


STEADY U initiative encourages “Winter READY/ Winter STEADY!”

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Source: The Jackson County Times-Journal

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Date of publication: 15 December 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Useful advice for seniors to better prepare against falls during cold winter months.

Length of publication: 1 page


Toward affordable falls prevention in Parkinson’s disease

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Source: Movement Disorders

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Date of publication: 11 December 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: An economic analysis of the cost effectiveness of falls prevention programmes. 

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Do statistical models matter for performance criteria of fall prediction in the elderly?

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Source: European Journal of Internal Medicine, 2016, Vol 27 p. 48-56

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study compared various performance criteria of different statistical models for fall risk in older community-dwellers. It tested six linear models and three non-linear models, including neuroevolution of augmenting topologies (NEAT) and the adaptive neuro fuzzy interference system (ANFIS). The study found that these latter two had the best performance criteria compared to other models, but sensitivity and specificity were unbalanced, underscoring that these models should be used respectively for the screening of fallers and the diagnosis of recurrent fallers.

Length of publication: 8 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.


Developing networks between residential aged care facilities as a result of engagement in a falls prevention project: an action research study

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Source: Contemporary Nurse

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Date of publication: 18 December 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article explores outcomes associated with network formation between two residential aged care facilities as part of an action research approach to reducing falls.

Length of publication: 29 pages

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Stay on your feet falls prevention scheme

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Source: North Bay Nugget

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Date of publication: 29 December 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) have funded a falls prevention programme to help reduce falls in older adults.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Preventing older adults from falling: evaluation of a New York foundation’s initiative shows success

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Source: Health Affairs Blog

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Date of publication: 10 December 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: An evaluation of Health Foundation for Western and Central New York falls prevention programme.

Length of publication: One page


Muscle weakness is related to slip-initiated falls among community-dwelling older adults

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Source: Journal of Biomechanics, 2015, online

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Date of publication: December 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The purpose of this study was twofold: firstly to investigate the relationship between muscle weakness and slip-related falls among community-dwelling older adults, and secondly to determine optimal cut-off values with respect to the knee strength capacity which can be used to identify individuals at high risk of falls. Muscle strength was tested on the right knee, and then volunteers were moved to a treadmill where a slip was induced after five minutes of walking while using a harness. Results suggested that muscle weakness contributes to falls initiated by a slip during gait.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Monthly High-Dose Vitamin D Treatment for the Prevention of Functional Decline

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Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, 2016, online

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This RCT looked into the effectiveness of high-dose vitamin D in lowering the risk of functional decline. It found that although higher monthly doses of vitamin D were effective in reaching a threshold of at least 30 ng/mL of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, they had no benefit on lower extremity function and were associated with increased risk of falls compared with 24 000 IU.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Further dissemination

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