Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 2 Issue 11

06/12/2012
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Psychological impact of falls devastating for older people

06/12/2012

Source: WRVS website

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Research by the WRVS has shown that the fear of falling means 225,000 people over 75 won’t leave their homes by themselves. This research shows the devastating effect falls can have on a person’s mental health and wellbeing. People revealed that they have lost confidence and independence, and feel exceptionally vulnerable in winter. The WRVS is calling for anyone who is worried about having a fall to call the charity urgently.

Length of publication: 1 page


Tai Chi decreases the incidence of falls in older adults

06/12/2012

Source: Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, 2012, 17 (3) p. 177-178

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This trial studied the effect of a supervised Tai Chi intervention compared to a physiotherapy programme on fall-related clinical outcomes.

Length of publication: 2 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.


Exploring the effectiveness of three falls prevention interventions

06/12/2012

Source: BMJ, 2012, 345 p. 5114

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Date of publication: August 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Researchers explored the following interventions: group-based exercise, home hazard management and vision improvement, with a control of no intervention. Group-based exercise was found to be the most effective intervention, but falls were also reduced by combining one or both of the other two.

Length of publication: 2 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.


‘Productive mental health ward’ has produced 10% reduction in falls

06/12/2012

Source: NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement website

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Date of publication: 2012

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The Productive series, from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, is about getting staff involved in redesigning and streamlining their own services to make them more productive. This change is intended to be significant and long-lasting, and can produce results in other areas as well: Bradford District Care Trust have published a press release containing a statement showing how they managed to reduce falls by 10% by reducing wasted time and using the time saved with service users instead.

Length of publication: 4 page press release (relevant information on page 4)


Preventing falls among people living with dementia conference

06/12/2012

Source: Profane website

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This event is part of the Age UK falls prevention webinar series, previously held as part of the falls prevention week. Professionals are given the chance to find out more about the latest research and good practice in falls prevention. It is aimed at anyone working with older people with dementia.

Length of publication: 1 page


Falls and fractures declaration launched

06/12/2012

Source: National Osteoporosis Society website

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Due to the changes happening within the NHS, the national Osteoporosis Society and Age UK are collaboratively launching this declaration, alongside the Falls and Fractures Alliance. Members are committed to reducing the rate of hip fractures and fall related injuries in older people over the next five years using a variety of methods.

Length of publication: 1 page


Virtual reality exercise improves balance of elderly diabetic people

06/12/2012

Source: Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 2012, 24 (3) p. 261-265

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Participants in this trial were put into either the VR group or the control group, which consisted purely of diabetes education without an exercise programme. Balance was measured as postural sway using a force plate, which significantly decreased in the VR group.

Length of Publication: 4 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of this article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Results: the National Clinical Audit of Falls and Bone Health

06/12/2012

Source: Emergency Medicine Journal, 2012, 29 (10) p. 830-832

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Three audits were carried out over four years looking into falls services across the UK, and showed that falls management and bone health is sub-optimal in emergency departments and minor injury units, and there is an urgent need for more effective assessment and management to prevent further injury.

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 classification by machine learning using mobile phones

06/12/2012

Source: PLoS ONE, 2012, 7 (5/e36556) p. 1-6

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: With falls being a common source of injury in elderly people and the ability to automatically detect falls allowing rapid responses to potential emergencies, techniques have been developed to reliably detect a fall as well as to automatically classify the type. This study demonstrated technology that enables machines to identify a fall and collect information to quickly classify the type to enable a more rapid response.

Length of publication: 6 pages


Study: trips, not slips, should be focus of falls prevention

06/12/2012

Source: Nursing Times, 19th October 2012

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Date of publication: October 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Canadian researchers have said that care home staff must be aware of potential hazards in the home environment that older people could catch on and trip over, such as chair and table legs. Slipping accounted for just 3% of falls analysed, whereas trips accounted for a quarter. The majority (41%) came from incorrect weight shifting, where the person’s body weight shifted making their centre of gravity outside their base of support.

Length of publication: 1 page

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.


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06/12/2012

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