Falls history, balance and life quality in older cancer survivors

15/08/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 2014, Vol 40 no 3 p. 451-456

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Older cancer survivors may be predisposed to falls because of sequelae associated with cancer and its treatments. This study examined the association between fall history, balance and quality of life in community-dwelling older cancer patients who had completed primary cancer treatments. The results showed that falls are a significant problem in older cancer survivors and balance control is a determinant of perceived physical function and wellbeing. Older cancer survivors reporting a poor quality of life may have a higher risk of falling. Future research is needed to examine risk factors and interventions.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Falls Prevention Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 4 Issue 3

13/03/2014

Risk factors of falls in community dwelling active elderly

13/03/2014

Source: Auris Nasus Larynx

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Date of publication: February 2014 112(2) pp. 386

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: To search for measures to describe and relate to accidental falls in community dwelling elderly.

Length of publication: six pages

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Hip protectors: are they beneficial in protecting older people from fall-related injuries?

13/03/2014

Source: Journal of Clinical Nursing

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Date of publication: January 2014 23(1-3-2) pps. 13-23

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: An investigation into the methodological quality of research informing the use of hip protectors for those clients in residential aged care considered to be at high risk of falls and to contribute to the translation of research evidence into practice by identifying issues surrounding the use of hip protectors in practice.

Length of publication: ten pages

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Quality Improvement in Nursing Homes: testing of an Alarm Elimination Program

13/03/2014

Source: Journal of Nursing Care Quality

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Date of publication: January-March 2014 29(1) pps. 60-65

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article describes the development and pilot testing of an alarm elimination program for nursing homes.

Length of publication: five pages

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An analysis of patient falls and fall prevention programs across academic medical centers

13/03/2014

Source: Journal of Nursing Care Quality

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Date of publication: January  – March 2014 29(1) pps. 19 -29

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: an analysis of more than 25 000 patient fall reports entered into the UHC Patient Safety Net incident reporting tool.

Length of publication: ten pages

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Reducing falls and fall-related injuries in mental health: a 1-year multihospital falls collaborative

13/03/2014

Source: Journal of Nursing Care Quality

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Date of publication: January – March 2014 29(1) pps. 51-59

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: On the basis of fall injury program characteristics across multiple inpatient psychiatry units,  an operational strategic plan was developed and implemented to address each falls prevention program element and enhance program infrastructure and capacity.

Length of publication: nine pages

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Factors associated with fear of falling in community-dwelling older adults

13/03/2014

Source: Age and Ageing, 2014, vol 43 no 1 p. 76-84

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Date of publication: January 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fear of falling (FOF) is common in older adults and consequences can be serious, both physically and psychosocially. There are a number of factors associated with the phenomenon, which include rising from a knee-height chair, lower household income, using a walking stick or other aid, poor physical health, using public transport, balance problems and lower educational level, amongst other factors. Knowing these can be used in primary care to identify those with FOF, which in turn can benefit fall prevention interventions.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Home-based exercise program and fall-risk reduction in older adults with multiple sclerosis

13/03/2014

Source: Clinical Rehabilitation

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Date of publication:  March 1st 2014 28(3) p254-263

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Results of a research study using the home-based exercise program and fall-risk reduction which determines the safety, efficacy and feasibility of an older adult with multiple sclerosis.

Length of publication: ten pages

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Prevalence and impact of fall-risk-increasing drugs, polypharmacy, and drug-drug interactions in robust versus frail hospitalised falls patients

13/03/2014

Source: Drugs and Aging

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Date of publication: March 1st 2014 31(3) pps. 225-232

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A cohort study looking at the prevalence and clinical impact of fall-risk-increasing drugs (FRIDs), total number of medications, and drug–drug interactions (DDIs) in both robust and frail patients.

Length of publication: seven pages

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Continued participation in fall prevention classes predicts lower fall incidence

13/03/2014

Source: Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, online

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Date of publication: February 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This New Zealand study looked at community-based people who participated in a fall prevention exercise class called SAYGO (Steady as you go) to see if there was an association between how long people participated in the class and their falls rate over 12 months. It found that in general, longer-term participation in the class correlated to lower fall rates.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Combined effects of antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, narcotics and sedative-hypnotics on falls in a nursing home long term care unit

13/03/2014

Source: JAMDA

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Date of publication: March 1st 2014 15(3) pps. 15-21

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The risks of antipsychotics, antidepressants, anxiolytics, narcotics and sedative-hypnotics, medications which may potentially confer risk to the patient, in the long term care environment.

Length of publication: six pages

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The relative contribution of physical and cognitive fall risk factors in people with parkinson’s disease

13/03/2014

Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

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Date of publication: March 1st 2014 28(3) pps.282-290

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: To identify the relative contribution of a comprehensive range of physical and cognitive risk factors to prospectively-measured falls in a large sample of people with PD and develop an explanatory multivariate fall risk model in this group.

Length of publication: eight pages

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Sleep disturbances and risk of falls in older community-dwelling men

13/03/2014

Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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Date of publication: February 1st 2014 62(2) pps. 299-305

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: To test the hypothesis that subjective and objective sleep disturbances are associated with risk of incident falls in older men.

Length of publication: six pages

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