Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 6 Issue 2

16/02/2016
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A cluster randomised controlled trial of advice, exercise or multifactorial assessment to prevent falls and fractures in community-dwelling older adults: protocol for the prevention of falls injury trial (PreFIT)

16/02/2016

Source: Geriatric Medicine 

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Date of publication: 2016 Vol. 6 Iss. 1

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article outlines a large-scale UK trial investigating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of alternative falls prevention interventions targeted at community dwelling older adults.

Length of publication: 12 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.

 

 


Falling does not have to be an inevitable result of aging

16/02/2016

Source: Iron County Today

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Date of publication: 20 January  2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: The Five County Area Agency on Aging in Southern Utah is organizing several free health workshops and classes, including a falls prevention class during which local seniors and their family members can learn these evidence-based falls prevention techniques.

Length of publication: One page


£72,000 scheme to help keep vulnerable people safe from falls

16/02/2016

Source: Hartlepool Mail

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Date of publication: 20 January 2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: A new-look falls prevention service is to be developed by council health chiefs after £72,000 of funding was approved.

Length of publication: One page


Falls and Balance Impairments in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

16/02/2016

Source: Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 2016, Vol 40 no 1 p. 6-9

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Older adults with type 2 diabetes are far more likely to fall than those without, and the consequences of these falls include avoiding activity, gradual immobility and mortality. Balance is one of the most common risk factors, which is associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). This is therefore the central focus of falls prevention research and interventions in these cases. But certain studies have found those without major complications of DPN to be at increased falls risk as well, associating with subtle declines in sensorimotor and cognitive function. Knowledge of this may help fall prevention strategies.

Length of publication: 3 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.


Fall prevention intervention technologies

16/02/2016

Source: Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 2016, Vol 59 p. 319-345

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article gives a broad overview of all the technologies available to deliver more effective fall prevention interventions, presenting a conceptual framework proposing four broad categories of fall-prevention intervention system: pre-fall prevention, post-fall prevention, fall injury prevention and cross-fall prevention. Recommendations in response to challenges identified, as well as future research directions, are proposed.

Length of publication: 26 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.


Non-spatial memory influencing reach-grasp responses and loss of balance

16/02/2016

Source: Gait and Posture, 2016, Vol 45 p. 51-55

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Balance recovery after loss of balance is crucial to falls prevention, head trauma and other major injuries in older adults. When a fall occurs, little is known about the role of memory and attention shifting on the reach to grasp recovery strategy and what factors determine the response’s speed and precision beyond simple reaction time. Older adults were found demonstrate significantly increased movement time and grasping errors.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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Characteristics of the middle-age adult inpatient fall

16/02/2016

Source: Applied Nursing Research, 2016, online

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This retrospective analysis looked to describe characteristics of middle-age inpatient fallers and the risk factors behind their falls and injuries. The age group of 45-64 years was compared with ages 21-44 and 65-90. Their acute illness was found to mark them as vulnerable to fall and injury, the same as the older population, and they should not be overlooked for prevention measures.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Video games for senior citizens to prevent falls

16/02/2016

Source: Trustech: the North West NHS innovation service

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: An innovation from Trafford Hospitals (CMFT) and the University of Manchester will help to reduce the number of falls in the older population. Exergames utilises Microsoft Kinect gaming technology to help improve strength, co-ordination and movement of its target users; elderly people at risk from falls.

Length of publication: 1 page


Can the Otago falls prevention program be delivered by video?

16/02/2016

Source: BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine

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Date of publication: 4 February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at the feasibility of delivering the Otago Exercise Programme (OEP) via an interactive DVD (ie, OEP-DVD) in combination with monthly physical therapist phone calls to older adults.

Length of publication: 8 pages

 

 


Using a community of practice to evaluate falls prevention activity in a residential aged care organisation: a clinical audit

16/02/2016

Source: Australian Health Review

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Date of publication: 1 February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study evaluates if a community of practice (CoP) could conduct a falls prevention clinical audit and identify gaps in falls prevention practice requiring action. Methods Cross sectional falls prevention clinical audits in 13 residential aged care (RAC) sites of a not-for-profit organisation providing care to 779 residents.

Length of publication: unknown

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Exercise and fall prevention self-management to reduce mobility-related disability and falls after fall-related lower limb fracture in older people: protocol for the RESTORE (Recovery Exercises and STepping On afteR fracturE) randomised controlled trial

16/02/2016

Source: BioMed Central

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Date of publication: 2 February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:  This randomised controlled trial aims to evaluate the effects of an exercise and fall prevention self-management intervention on mobility-related disability and falls in older people following fall-related lower limb or pelvic fracture. Cost-effectiveness of the intervention will also be investigated.

Length of publication: 20 pages

 

 

 


Older adult falls seen by emergency medical service providers: a prevention opportunity

16/02/2016

Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine 

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Date of publication: 4 February 2016

Publication type: Journal article 

In a nutshell: A study to determine where falls occurred and the circumstances under which patients were transported by EMS, and to identify future fall prevention opportunities.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Older people’s motives to use falls prevention exergames

16/02/2016

Source: The West Midlands Health Informatics Network’s second annual conference

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Date of publication: 26 January 2016

Publication type: Conference paper

In a nutshell:  This paper looks at the factors which influence the motivation of older people at risk of falls, to use falls prevention exergames to improve their physical
function and reduce their fall risk.

Length of publication: 2 pages