Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 6 Issue 9

15/09/2016
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Community falls service produces ‘significant’ improvements in patients

15/09/2016

Source: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 2016, online

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Website news item

In a nutshell: A physiotherapist at a west London falls service has ‘significantly improved’ the health of patients, according to four commonly-used clinical outcome measures. The patients were discharged from April to June, and at the end of the programme people had improved their balance by nearly seven points on the Berg Balance Scale. Timed Up and Go, a simple and reliable test of a person’s risk of falls, showed an average improvement of nearly seven seconds across the group.

Length of publication: 1 page


CSP launches updated Falls Prevention Economic Model online

15/09/2016

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, 2016, online

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Website news item

In a nutshell: The latest version of the Falls Prevention Economic Model, with fresh data and research, is now live on the CSP’s website. It shows that across the UK there is potential to save 160,000 falls each year, equating to a cost saving of £25.2 million to NHS services. The CSP has produced a detailed guide to accompany the relaunched model. The guide includes examples of people using the model and is also available on the society’s website.

Length of publication: 1 page


‘My independent streak may get in the way’: how older adults respond to falls prevention education in hospital

15/09/2016

Source: BMJ Open

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Date of publication: 26 July 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study is to show how providing individualised falls prevention education facilitated behaviour changes from the perspective of older hospital patients on rehabilitation wards and what barriers they identified to engaging in preventive strategies.

 Length of publication: 12 pages

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Implementing guidelines in nursing homes: a systematic review

15/09/2016

Source: BioMed Central

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Date of publication: 25th July 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The objective of this study was to systematically review the effects of interventions to improve the implementation of guidelines in nursing homes.

 Length of publication: 12 pages

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Association between nurse staffing and in-hospital bone fractures: a retrospective cohort study

15/09/2016

Source: Health Services Research 

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Date of publication: 24th July 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this paper is to determine if sufcient nurse stafng reduced in-hospital fractures in acute care hospitals.

 Length of publication: 19 pages

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An interprofessional approach to reducing the risk of falls through enhanced collaborative practice

15/09/2016

Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 

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Date of publication:   August 2016 Vol. Iss. 64 pps. 1701–1707

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: 7 pages

 Length of publication:  This article describes a project that engaged an interprofessional teaching team to support interprofessional clinical teams to reduce fall risk in older adults by implementing the AGS/BGS guidelines.

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Reducing inpatient falls in a 100% single room elderly care environment: evaluation of the impact of a systematic nurse training programme on falls risk assessment (FRA)

15/09/2016

Source: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports 

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Date of publication: 29th July 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of the project is to reduce the incidence of IF and associated adverse clinical outcomes in a hospital with 100% single rooms.

 Length of publication: 10 pages

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An evidence map of the effect of Tai Chi on health outcomes

15/09/2016

Source: Systematic Reviews

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Date of publication: 27 July 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This evidence map describes the volume and focus of Tai Chi research reporting health outcomes. Originally developed as a martial art, Tai Chi is typically taught as a series of slow, low-impact movements that integrate the breath, mind, and physical activity to achieve greater awareness and a sense of well-being.

 Length of publication: 11 pages

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Falls risk assessment in older patients in hospital

15/09/2016

Source: Nursing Standard 

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Date of publication: July 2016 Vol. 30 Iss. 48 pps. 53-63

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are the most frequent adverse event reported in hospitals, usually affecting older patients. All hospitals in NHS organisations develop risk prevention policies that include falls risk assessment. Falls risk assessment involves the use of risk screening tools, aimed at identifying patients at increased risk of falls, and risk assessment tools, which identify a patient’s risk factors for falls. Various risk screening tools have been used in clinical practice, but no single tool is able to identify all patients at risk of falls or to accurately exclude all those who are not at risk of falls. Guidelines recommend that patients aged 65 years and over who are admitted to hospital should be considered at high risk of falls and that a multifactorial falls risk assessment should be performed. Therefore, falls risk assessment tools should be used to identify the risk factors for each inpatient aged 65 years or over, in order to determine the most appropriate care plan for falls prevention and to maximise patient mobility and independence.

 Length of publication: 10 pages

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Visually Impaired OLder People’s Exercise programme for falls prevenTion (VIOLET): a feasibility study protocol

15/09/2016

Source: BMJ Open

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Date of publication: 2 August 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This feasibility study aims to adapt the group-based Falls Management Exercise (FaME) programme to the needs of VIOP (Visually impaired older people) and carry out an external pilot trial to inform the design of a future definitive randomised controlled trial.

 Length of publication: 11 pages

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Advanced practice nuhttps://fallspreventionnwpctl.wordpress.com/rse-led statewide collaborative to reduce falls in hospitals

15/09/2016

Source: Nursing Care Quality 

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Date of publication:  28 July 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Thirty-eight hospitals participated in falls prevention team training, followed by coaching and mentoring over 3 months to develop unit-based initiatives to reduce falls. Initiatives centered on fall risk assessment, rounding, or postfall assessment. Paired t test of the pre-/postintervention fall rates of 23 of the hospitals revealed reduced fall rates (P < .01). The estimated mean decrease was 1.7 falls per 1000 patient days (95% confidence limits of 0.7-2.7).

 Length of publication: 6 pages

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Exercise interventions and prevention of fall-related fractures in older people: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

15/09/2016

Source: International Journal of Epidemiology

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Date of publication: July 31, 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This meta-analysis aimed to determine whether exercise interventions were effective in preventing fall-related fractures in older people. The treatment effects on rate of falls, leg strength and balance were also examined.

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Effect of Tai Chi exercise on fall prevention in older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

15/09/2016

Source: International Journal of Gerontology

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Date of publication: 5 August 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls among the elderly is a major public health concern. Tai Chi exercise appears to prevent the risk of falls among the elderly. Previous reviews found that there is insufficient evidence to conclude whether Tai Chi is effective in fall prevention. This review was performed to update the current evidence on the effect of this intervention.

 Length of publication: 6 pages

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