Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 6 Issue 7

25/07/2016

A service-wide response for patients in Yorkshire following a fall

25/07/2016

Source: The Health Foundation

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Date of publication: June 2016

Publication type: News report

In a nutshell: The aim is to transform the Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s response to falls so that they provide prompt, high quality care that incorporates falls prevention strategies and appropriate patient care pathways, and so the right clinician sees the patient at the right time.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Falls prevention team wins HSJ award

25/07/2016

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

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Date of publication: 27th June 2016

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: A physiotherapy-led falls prevention team in South London has won an award for a project that helps older people to stay fit and remain in their own homes.

Length of publication: One page

 

 


Falls and fear of falling after stroke

25/07/2016

Source: PM&R, 2016, online

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Date of publication: June 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are common after someone has suffered a stroke, and the consequences are potentially serious. However, few investigations have age-matched the control participants to directly compare with fall characteristics between older adults with and without strokes. Also, fear of falling – a significant psychological consequence of falls – has only been examined to a limited degree as a risk factor for future falls in a stroke population. This observational study aimed to compare the fall history between older adults with and without previous stroke and to identify the determinants of falls and fear of falling in older stroke victims

Length of publication: 1 page

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Fear of falling as a risk factor of mobility disability

25/07/2016

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, Vol 66 p. 147-153

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Date of publication: September-October 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fear of falling is a common health problem among older adults. The relationship between FoF and limitation on daily activities has been reported, but FoF’s relationship to mobility disability is not yet fully understood. This cross-sectional study examined the relationship between FoF and mobility disability among community-dwelling older adults and explored the differences in this relationship among socio-culturally diverse sites.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Fall risk post-stroke: Examining paretic limbs around forward gait slips

25/07/2016

Source: Journal of Biomechanics, 2016, online

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Date of publication: June 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Community-dwelling stroke survivors show a high incidence of falls with unexpected external perturbations during dynamic activities like walking. Previous evidence has demonstrated the importance of compensatory stepping to restore dynamic stability in response to perturbations in hemiparetic stroke survivors. However, these studies were limited to either stance perturbations or perturbation induced under the unaffected limb. This study aimed to compare the differences, if any, between the non-paretic and paretic sides in dynamic stability and protective stepping strategies when exposed to unexpected external perturbation during walking.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Diabetic lower extremity complications, fear of falling and associated HbA1c levels

25/07/2016

Source: Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews, 2016, online

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Date of publication: June 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The primary aim of this study was to determine if Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a positive predictor of the lower extremity complications commonly manifested in diabetes. A secondary objective was to investigate if the progression of diabetes-related complications had any effect on the fear of falling. It showed that HbA1c is not a good predictor of the number of podiatric manifestations in diabetic patients. Future studies, preferably using a larger sample size, are needed to more accurately assess the potential of HbA1c for predicting lower extremity complications.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Anxiety disorders and falls among older adults

25/07/2016

Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, 2016, Vol 205 p. 20-27

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Date of publication: November 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aimed to determine associations between anxiety disorders and falls in older adults. Examination of this association suggested differential relationships between the genders. In men, lifetime anxiety disorder was associated with falling and with EFST score. In women, an association between lifetime anxiety disorder and falls was explained by psychotropic medication use, poor mobility and socioeconomic status. Although anxiety disorders were independently associated with a 3-fold increase in likelihood of reported falls and high falls risk among men, an independent association was not detected among women. These results may aid in prevention of falls through specific interventions aimed at reducing anxiety, particularly in men.

Length of publication: 7 Pages

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