Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 2 Issue 5

14/05/2012
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RCT of effectiveness of intervention programs in preventing falls

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Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2012, 13(2), 188.e13-e21

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell:  A systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs examined the reported effectiveness of fall-prevention programs for older adults by reviewing RCTs from 2000 to 2009.  Results indicates that RCTs of fall-prevention programs are effective in overall reduction of fall rates.

Length of publication : 9 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.


Self assessment in care homes for managing falls and fractures

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Source: The Care Inspectorate

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This self assessment tool is a working resource for staff in care homes for older people, to assess falls prevention and management and the prevention of fractures, and to see how well each is being addressed by the home.

Length of publication: 1 page


Falls prevention initiative keeps older people on their feet

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Source: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type:Website

In a nutshell: The New Forest is providing a new set of exercise classes aimed at older people who have difficulty balancing. The evidence-based exercises aim to improve balance and confidence in carrying out day-to-day tasks, and to reduce the risk of falls. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provide 12 weeks of classes, and then patients are advised to attend a further 12 weeks of exercises in community classes to get the maximum benefit.

Length of Publication: 1 page


Work continues on Newcastle’s falls strategy

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Source:Health Service Journal, 17th February 2012

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Date of publication: February 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has devised a falls prevention strategy to try and reduce the number of slips, trips and falls at the trust. Work is ongoing to embed the strategy, but it has worked well so far.

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 you 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


DVD programme helps cancer caregivers reduce falls

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Source:  Journal of Cancer Education, 2012,  27(1),  p. 83-90

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication Type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study tested an instructional DVD program for improving cancer family caregivers’ knowledge and preparedness in fall prevention and reducing fall occurrence among the patients they care for at home.  Post intervention follow-up showed a decrease in the number of cancer patients who fell and a significant  improvement in caregivers’ knowledge of fall prevention.

Length of publication: 8 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.


Vision and agility training in community dwelling older adults

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Source: Gait and Posture, 2012, 35 (4) p. 585-589

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study examined visual training of older adults in the community and its effects on their ability to negotiate an obstacle course. It tested their agility, which is important to avoid obstacles, and their ability to take in visual information. The results suggest that visual training may be important to consider as part of falls prevention programmes.

Length of publication: 4 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. 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.


How good are websites at offering falls prevention advice?

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Source: Health Informatics Journal, 2012, 18 (1), p. 50-65

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Date of publication: March 2012

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: More and more older people are now going online to access information, including health information about falls risks and prevention. This study assesses the quality of 42 English-language websites found via search engines. Guidelines, code of conduct on coverage of information, credibility and accessibility were all assessed.

Length of publication: 15 pages

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