Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 2 Issue 4

16/04/2012

Medications, polypharmacy and falls: what you need to know

16/04/2012

Source: ProFaNE

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Website article

In  a nutshell: This article continues the theme of querying whether multiple medicines increase the risk of falling, but this time questions whether it is the medicine for the conditions or indeed the medical conditions themselves that are more likely to be responsible for the increased falls risk. It also links to other articles which provide more information including interventions in practice and a list of online resources for this topic.

Length of publication: 1 page

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


Creating a protocol to reduce inpatient falls

16/04/2012

Source: Nursing Times 16 March 2012

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Hospitals have been urged to collect baseline measurements when planning service improvements for falls. This can be used to assess the service improvement by analysing  the rate of falls per 1000 occupied bed days, which can then be tested for statistical significance.

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. This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens. For more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library


Investigating why older people don’t participate in falls prevention trials

16/04/2012

Source: Experimental gerontology, 2012, 47 (4) p. 342-345

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Given that falls are a major public health issue, and older people are frequently involved in them, trials such as fall prevention should actively involve them. But many refuse to participate, and this article explores the reasons why. These include mobility problems, or at the other end of the scale people consider themselves ‘too healthy’ for it to apply to them. Anticipation of such reasons may lead to an improvement in participation rates.

Length of publication: 3 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. This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


Falls awareness week 2012

16/04/2012

Source: Age UK

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This concerns the week of the 18th-22nd of June 2012. It aims to  help older people reduce their risk of falls by promoting the services and interventions available to do this. Professionals are welcome to take part in the promotional activities to help raise awareness of falls in their communities.

Length of publication: 1 page


NICE Clinical guidelines on falls to be updated

16/04/2012

Source: NICE Website

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The NICE guidelines on falls are being updated, and are currently in development. The publication date is so far TBC.

Length of publication: 1 page


Tai Chi effective in reducing falls in patients with Parkinson’s disease

16/04/2012

Source: New England Journal of Medicine,  2012  366(6) p. 511-9

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Radomized controlled trial

In a nutshell:  In this RCT, tai chi was found to be more effective than resistance-training or stretching programs in improving the postural stability of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Tai chi also was more effective than the stretching program in reducing the number of falls.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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


New medical research on Parkinson’s associated fall prevention

16/04/2012

Source: PRWeb

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: New research to be presented at a American Academy of Audiology Research Conference in March suggests with proper testing, identification of vestibular abnormalities that affect balance in patients with Parkinson’s disease can be treated with vestibular rehabilitation therapy preventing falls, a major source of fatality in Parkinson’s disease.

Length of publication: web page

 

Falls programmes not following guidelines

16/04/2012

Source: Pulse website

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Publication type: News item
 
In a nutshell: GPs are referring patients to falls prevention programmes that are not evidence-based, according to a report by the Royal College of Physicians.  The report found although the programmes were popular among patients, they did not meet guidelines set by the British Geriatric Society which specify that exercise programmes to prevent falls must be three times a week for more than 15 weeks, progressive and include targeted resistance training. The report concluded: ‘The implementation of evidence-based exercise interventions by healthcare providers is incomplete and varies widely across participating sites.
 
Length of publication: web page

 


Falls prevention strategies a contributing factor in low hospital admissions

16/04/2012

Source: getwokingham

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Injury profiles for all local authorities in England place Wokingham in the bottom five of several key indicators including hospital admissions from falls.  A public health lead for Wokingham said “We work together with our partners such as Wokingham Borough Council to help keep people fitter and healthier. For example, we support the council’s falls-prevention programme ‘Steady Steps’ and their over 50s physical activity SHINE initiative”.  Both schemes are thought to have helped to reduce the risk of personal injury and hospital admission.

Length of publication: Web page


New report finds falls prevention exercise classes are beneficial for older people

16/04/2012

Source: Royal College of Physicians

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell:  This report based on the feedback from more than 1,700 older people who attended NHS-run exercise programmes that aimed to reduce falls found that 96 per cent of older people felt the exercises were beneficial, while 95 per cent were either satisfied or very satisfied with their exercise programme.  The report also found that responses from the patient and staff questionnaires indicated that many NHS providers are not delivering completely evidence-based interventions for reducing falls and that patients need to be aware of the benefits of therapeutic exercise in falls prevention.

Length of publication: 85 pages


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16/04/2012

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