Can peer education improve beliefs, knowledge, motivation and intention to engage in falls prevention amongst community-dwelling older adults?

27/01/2017

Source: European Journal of Ageing

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 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of delivering a contemporary peer-led falls prevention education presentation on community-dwelling older adults’ beliefs, knowledge, motivation and intention to engage in falls prevention strategies.

 Length of publication: 13 pages

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Falls in older adults

19/12/2016

Source: Medicine 

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Date of publication: 24th November 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article is a concise reference that reviews the most recent evidence and covers the medical competencies on falls outlined in the Curriculum for General Internal Medicine (Acute) of the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK.

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Adaptive gait responses to an impending fall during treadmill walking

19/10/2016

Source: Gait and Posture, 2016, online

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Date of publication: September 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Humans have been shown to adapt their gait when aware of potential slip risks when walking, though it is unknown if these adaptations also happen on a treadmill. This study sought investigate this possibility. It found that humans do adapt their gait when aware of possible risks compared to normal walking, by taking shorter steps and flattening their feet on impact, as well as repositioning their body centre. This could provide insights into dynamic stability control when individuals anticipate potential slip risk when treadmill walking.

Length of publication: 23 pages

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Risk factors for falls in people with lower limb amputation

15/08/2016

Source: PM&R, 2016, online

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Date of publication: July 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This systematic review looked at the evidence connecting risk factors to falls in adults with a lower limb amputation. Risk factors include muscle weakness, increasing age, prescription medications and comorbidities. Risk factors specifically for amputees included reduced vibration sense. It found that falls are common from the time of amputation to years later in the community. Risk factors vary across care settings which has implications for safety and fall prevention strategies.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Patient perceptions with falls during hospitalization and after discharge

14/03/2016

Source: Applied Nursing Research, 2016, Vol 31 p. 79-85

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Date of publication: August 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study aims to describe the perceptions of hospitalised older people around their falls risk and fall prevention strategies received while hospitalised, and any instructions they received to prevent possible falls after discharge.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Using dollhouses to teach falls prevention

16/12/2015

Source: CBC News

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Date of publication: 30th November 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: Dollhouses teach children to watch for hazards in the home in the hope the word passes to grandparents.

Length of publication: One page

 

 

 


Physios and OTs promote falls prevention

17/11/2015

Source: Chartered Society of Physiotherapists

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Physio and occupational therapy staff teamed up at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust to provide general awareness of falls and factors that can reduce risk of falls. Patients, relatives and hospital visitors received CSP and Age UK leaflets, explaining how to ‘fall-proof’ a home and improve strength and balance through exercising, and in addition, staff checked walking aids and, where necessary, changed the ferrules, or rubber caps, on the ends of walking aids.

Length of publication: 1 page


Factors contributing to falls in older adults and nursing implications

15/10/2015

Source: Geriatric Nursing, 2015, online

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Date of publication: September 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are a common cause of serious injury and death in the older adult population, associated with multiple risks such as age, history of falls, impaired mobility, balance and gait problems, and medications. Sensory and environmental factors as well as the fear of falling may also increase the risk of falls. This article reviews current best practice on screening fall risks and fear of falling, fall prevention strategies, and fall prevention resources to assist gerontological nurses in reducing falls by their older adult clients.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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The epidemiology of fractures in infants – Which accidents are preventable?

15/10/2015

Source: Injury, 2015, online

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Date of Publication: September 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: In children, fractures have a huge impact on the health care system. In order to develop effective prevention strategies exact knowledge about the epidemiology of fractures is mandatory. This study aims to describe clinical and epidemiological data of fractures diagnosed in infants. Falls from the changing table, the arms of the caregivers and out of bed caused the majority of fractures (especially skull fracture) in infants. Therefore, awareness campaigns and prevention strategies should focus on these mechanisms of accident in order to decrease the rate of fractures in infants.

Length of Publication: 4 pages

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16th International Falls and Postural Stability Conference 11th September 2015

10/07/2015

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: June 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This annual event is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. The day provides a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates and enables a multidisciplinary audience of over 200 professionals to share their experiences of best clinical practice.

Length of publication: 1 page


Blayney Hospital to mark April Falls Day

17/04/2015

Source: Blayney Chronicle

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Date of publication: April 8 2015

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: An Australian hospital uses events  and activities to build awareness of falls and falls prevention for hospital residents and patients.

Length of publication: one page

 

 

 


Practical guide to health ageing

17/02/2015

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: February 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A new guide published by AgeUK looks at several aspects of growing older that can be reviewed to reduce their effects. The guide includes a section on preventing falls but nearly all the sections included have a falls prevention aspect and if taken as a whole provides an excellent base from which to start reducing the effects of ageing and live a healthier older life.

Length of publication: 1 page


Ageing well: Falls (course)

12/11/2014

Source: FutureLearn

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Date of publication: 2014

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This is a course starting 24th November from Newcastle University which explores why people fall, seeks to discover practical methods to reduce the risk of falls and to teach people how to recognise when to seek expert help.

Length of publication: 1 page


BGS – 15th Falls and Postural Stability meeting 2014 8th September

15/08/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: August 2014

Publication type: News article

In a nutshell: This annual event is widely recognised as the leading meeting in the UK for clinicians working in the field of falls and mobility medicine. The day provides a forum for scientific discussion and clinical updates and enables a multidisciplinary audience of over 200 professionals to share their experiences of best clinical practice.

Length of publication: 1 page