Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 6 Issue 4

21/04/2016

Experimental identification of potential falls in older adult hospital patients

21/04/2016

Source: Journal of Biomechanics, 2016, online

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Patient falls within hospitals are mainly preventable, but are a serious source of incidents among older patients. This study seeks to identify possible extrinsic or situational factors related to falls, which is lacking in literature, such as patient motions, environmental design factors in bathrooms, and clinician zones in a patient’s room. Results suggest that only motion-related factors contribute significantly to falls in the bathroom, whereas only pushing and pulling contribute in the clinician zone. Future work includes updating environmental design factors associated with these motions in a patient’s room and performing motion capture experiments using the new setup.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Recurrent falls in Parkinson’s disease after one year of follow-up

21/04/2016

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, Vol 65 p. 17-24

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Date of publication: July-August 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aims of this study were to compare clinical and fall characteristics of single and recurrent falls among persons with PD and to evaluate factors associated with recurrent falls. People in the study were given a fall diary to write characteristics of the fall, and occurrence of falls was noted during one year. The results of this study could be used in selection of persons with PD to enrol in fall prevention programs.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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College film-makers produce ‘falls’ movie

21/04/2016

Source: Pendle Today

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Date of publication: 16 March 2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  Year 2 BTEC Photography and Media students have commissioned a film to try and reduce the number of elderly people suffering falls.

Length of publication: One page


Aged care residents the ‘poor cousins’ in falls research

21/04/2016

Source: Australian Ageing Agenda

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Date of publication: 18 March 2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  Dr Frances Batchelor, deputy director of health promotions and stream leader for falls and balance at the National Ageing Research Institute, believes that not enough research is done in residential aged care to truly understand falls, their causes and to evaluate a range of interventions.

Length of publication: One page


‘Stepping on’ and preventing falls

21/04/2016

Source: The Star

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Date of publication: 19th March 2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell:  ‘Stepping On’ is a falls prevention initiative developed by Australian public health researcher Dr. Lindy Clemson.  The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging the Centers for Disease Control hope that running this course will help reduce falls in their community.

Length of publication: One page


Developing the FARSEEING Taxonomy of Technologies: classification and description of technology use (including ICT) in falls prevention studies

21/04/2016

Source: Journal of Biomedical Informatics

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Date of publication: 24 March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The FARSEEING Taxonomy of Technologies was developed as a tool for those in the field of biomedical informatics to classify and characterise components of studies and interventions with regards to falls prevention.

Length of publication: 30 pages

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Outcomes of a falls prevention education program among older adults in Grenada

21/04/2016

Source: Journal of Community Health

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Date of publication: 24th March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: In Latin America and the Caribbean there is a scarcity of data on falls which is the leading cause of death for those 65 and older.  This paper describes the feasibility of implementing a falls prevention awareness educational initiative in the Eastern Caribbean Island of Grenada.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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A health improvement programme for older people’s QOL after falls

21/04/2016

Source: Polish Annals of Medicine, 2016, online

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls in elderly people can cause both physical and mental injury, and have major medical and financial implications. This study aimed to assess the predisposition to falling as well as the subjective evaluation of quality of life in the elderly after implementation of the fall prevention programme. Slipping at home was the most frequent cause of falling. Patients who completed the programme showed improvements in all the analyzed aspects, especially in activities of daily living and the level of pain. A health improvement exercise programme reduces falls and can improve quality of life in elderly people.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Cross-cultural validation of the falls efficacy scale international in elderly

21/04/2016

Source: Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, online

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aimed to describe the psychometric properties of cultural adaptations of the Falls Efficacy Scale International (FES-I) in the elderly dwelling in the community. It used a systematic literature review to look into the question. The FES-I is considered acceptable, understandable to measure the fear of falling in the elderly, valid, reliable and comparable cross—culturally, so it is recommended in rehabilitation research, clinical trials and practice, and in fall-prevention programmes in the elderly.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Freda’s Fall – an innovative e-learning film on falls management

21/04/2016

Source: The Academy of NHS Fabulous Stuff, 2016

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type: Website article

In a nutshell: Freda’s Fall is a free-to-access, interactive e-learning film focused on the prevention and management of falls, funded by Health Education England North West London, as part of development of a Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) called ALIGN (An Allied Health Professions Innovative Learning Network in Falls Management and developed by the Allied Health Enterprise Development Centre), a joint venture between Buckinghamshire New University and Allied Health Solutions

Length of publication: 1 page


Review on prevention of falls in hospital settings

21/04/2016

Source: Chinese Nursing Research

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Date of publication: 21st March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This review will first cover the root causes of falls, identify preventive measures associated with these falls, and provide an overview of best practice of fall prevention at leading institutions.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Evaluating individualized falls prevention for clients with medically complex conditions

21/04/2016

Source: Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics

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Date of publication: 31st March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aims of this paper are to evaluate mobility outcomes and concerns about falling for community dwelling medically complex clients (MCCs) participating in an individualized falls prevention clinic.

Length of publication: 17 pages

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Open visiting reduces the number of inpatient falls

21/04/2016

Source: Nursing Older People 

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Date of publication: March 2016 vol. 28, iss. 3,  pps 7-7

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Midlands trust says involvement of carers in support can make a significant contribution to falls prevention.

Length of publication: One page

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