Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 3 Issue 8

19/08/2013

Falls and vision – a short survey

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The College of Optometrists is starting a project to investigate levels of vision-testing within falls services across the UK. It is collecting information to form a picture of how it works at ground level, to act as a basis for recommendations to optometrists and to help identify ways to assist falls teams in checking patients’ vision. There is a questionnaire included.

Length of publication: 1 page


Yoga can significantly improve balance and mobility

19/08/2013

Source: Australian Ageing Agenda, 2013

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: News bulletin

In a nutshell: A pilot study carried out by researchers at the University of Sydney has confirmed what has been long believed to be true: yoga can significantly improve balance and mobility in older people. The study ran over a twelve week period, and results showed improvement in a range of measures. Older people who perform well in these balance and mobility tests are said to be about half as likely to fall as people with poor mobility.

Length of publication: 1 page


AgeUK Expert Series on Falls

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This is a new document as part of the Expert Series from AgeUK that aims to explain the evidence base for falls prevention exercise and the benefits that can be expected from it. It includes case studies of current services delivering reductions in falls through such programmes.

Length of publication: 1 page


Classification of falls in stroke rehabilitation

19/08/2013

Source: Clinical Rehabilitation, 2013, online

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study examined patient characteristics during different types of falls, to compare outcomes of falls to develop a practical falls taxonomy. Four main types of falls were recorded, though with overlapping characteristics. This study asserts that different falls-prevention strategies may be needed for each group/type.

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.


Community Falls and Fracture Rehabilitation Programs by Falls Assist UK

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Falls Assist UK is new independent company established in 2011 by a network of healthcare professionals specialising in community-based falls and hip fracture rehabilitation. The company is a member of the Falls and Fracture Alliance of England and provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to the elderly in the community as well as clinics and residential homes.

Length of publication: 1 page


Effect of whole-body vibration exercises in frail and elderly patients

19/08/2013

Source: Clinical Rehabilitation, 2013, online

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This randomised controlled trial tested whole body vibration exercises compared to usual care and exercises for 8 weeks, to see how they compared in tests of general health, balance, mobility and knee extensor strength. The vibration exercises were found to be able to improve each area of testing, meaning that they could be a valuable tool in preventing falls.

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.


A new falls prevention film from RoSPA

19/08/2013

Source: ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Earth)

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: RoSPA have produced a short film, Facing up to Falls, that tells the story of some people in London of how even simple home activities can lead to falls. It includes personal anecdotes and practical advice.

Length of publication: 1 page


Falls prevention in persons with intellectual disabilities

19/08/2013

Source: Research in Developmental Disabilities, 2013, 34(9) p. 2788-2798

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Date of publication: Sep 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: People with intellectual disabilities fall more often than the general populace, but there is no targeted screening for them. This study aimed to develop, implement and evaluate a falls clinic for this group of people. It showed that more time and attention for multifactorial and multidisciplinary treatment of people with intellectual disabilities is necessary, and implementation on a larger scale would enable investigation of the effectiveness of the clinic on this population.

Length of publication: 10 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.


Co-ordinated care for vulnerable patients with EMIS Web

19/08/2013

Source: NHS Networks

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Press release

In a nutshell: The Community Rehabilitation team at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust work to ensure their patients, elderly people who have suffered strokes or falls, stay as independent as possible at home and are not transferred to hospital. To this end they work with an electronic patient record system via EMIS Web, which allows them to improve communication and workload planning. It is also hoped that the system will drive up efficiencies in patient care.

Length of publication: 1 page


FallSafe falls prevention resources from the Royal College of Physicians

19/08/2013

Source: Royal College of Physicians

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This package brings together current and new falls prevention resources to support local initiatives to prevention harm from falling. The individual resources are also available via the above link.

Length of publication: 1 page


Further dissemination

19/08/2013

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