Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 7 Issue 8

17/08/2017
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Perturbation-based balance training for falls reduction among older adults: current evidence and implications for clinical practice

17/08/2017

Source: Geriatrics & Gerontology International

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Date of publication: 16 June 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are a leading cause of injury, hospitalization and even death among older adults. Although various strength and balance exercise interventions have shown moderate reductions in falls incidence among healthy older adults, no significant falls incidence improvements have been consistently seen in frail older adults or in patient groups with an increased falls risk (e.g. people with Parkinson’s disease and stroke). This might be due to a lack of task specificity of previous exercise interventions to the recovery actions required to prevent a fall.

 Length of publication: 10 pages

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Light system, shoe insert win falls prevention contest

17/08/2017

Source: McKnight’s Senior Living

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Date of publication: 14 June 2017

 Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: An automated light system and a shoe insert won top prizes at a recent event designed to find new ways to prevent falls among older adults.

 Length of publication: One page

 


Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a multifaceted podiatry intervention for falls prevention in older people: a multicentre cohort randomised controlled trial (the REducing Falls with ORthoses and a Multifaceted podiatry intervention trial).

17/08/2017

Source: Health Technology Assessment

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Date of publication: May 2017 21(24)

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study is todetermine the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a multifaceted podiatry intervention for preventing falls in community-dwelling older people at risk of falling, relative to usual care.

 Length of publication: 232 pages

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Association between subjective sleep quality and future risk of falls in older people: results from LOHAS

17/08/2017

Source: The Journals of Gerontology

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Date of publication: 17 June 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Inadequate sleep is correlated with morbidity and mortality among older adults. However, the longitudinal relationship between subjective sleep quality and risk of falls in the elderly population remains to be clarified.

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Failure of falls risk screening tools to predict outcome: a prospective cohort study

17/08/2017

Source: Emergency Medical Journal

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Date of publication: 22 June 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The object of this study was to compare the Falls Risk for Older Persons—Community Setting Screening Tool (FROP Com Screen) with the Two-Item Screening Tool in older adults presenting to the emergency department.

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Reducing falls can help trusts improve patient experience and reduce costs

17/08/2017

Source: NHS Improvement, 2017

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This report from NHS Improvement provides a picture of the scale of inpatient falls and the benefits to the NHS if the rate in hospitals was reduced. It followed the successful completion of their collaboration between 19 trusts to adopt improvement methodologies and creating a learning community to discuss changes. Results include the observation that older patients represent 77% of total falls, but 87% of total costs – reducing this group by around 25-30% could result in annual savings of up to £170m.

Length of publication: 1 page


Using chief complaint in addition to diagnosis codes to identify falls in the emergency department

17/08/2017

Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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Date of publication: 21 June 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: To compare incidence of falls in an emergency department (ED) cohort using a traditional International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codebased scheme and an expanded definition that included chief complaint information and to examine the clinical characteristics of visits “missed” in the ICD-9-based scheme.

 Length of publication: 6 pages

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Development and delivery of an exercise programme for falls prevention

17/08/2017

Source: Physiotherapy, 2017, online

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper describes the development and implementation of an exercise intervention to prevent falls within The Prevention of Fall Injury Trial (PreFIT), which is a large multi-centred randomised controlled trial based in the UK National Health Service (NHS). The exercise programme targets lower limb strength and balance, which are known, modifiable risk factors for falling.

Length of publication: 1 page

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