The effectiveness of intervention programs for preventing patients from falls

16/06/2017

Source: Kontakt, 2017, online

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Date of publication: May 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This is a review article to summarise the conclusions of different studies about the effectiveness of hospital fall prevention programmes from the last five years. Twelve studies made it into the final review, and the most mentioned strategy was education of patients and staff. Effectiveness depends on factors like compliance, leadership, team training and IT support, amongst others.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Measurement of lying and standing blood pressure in hospital as part of falls prevention programme for older people

16/06/2017

Source: Age and Ageing 

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Date of publication: May 2017 vol. 46(suppl_1): pps. i1-i22.

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A comprehensive national audit in 2015 of 4,846 patients aged 65+ from acute hospitals in England and Wales showed that only 16% of inpatients had their lying and standing blood pressure (LSBP) measured by the third day of admission. Orthostatic hypotension is common in older people, particularly during acute illness. It can therefore increase the risk of a fall in hospital.

Length of publication: 22 pages

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Effects of an ICT-based fall-prevention system in community-dwelling older adults

16/06/2017

Source: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 2017, Vol 106 p. 10-25

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Date of publication: October 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A sedentary lifestyle and low levels of physical activity are major factors in fall risk for older adults. ICT-based interventions could possibly counteract the risk for this group, as studies show that such interventions significantly reduce it. However, this population is heterogeneous, and several factors (such as gender, age, fitness and others) may influence the use of these systems. This study analyses the iStoppFalls system, testing effectiveness and usage indicators, among other things.

Length of publication: 15 pages

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Long-term effectiveness of a multifactorial program in Bavarian nursing homes

16/06/2017

Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2017, Vol 18, no 6, p. 552.e7-552.e17

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Femoral fractures are frequently consequences of falls in nursing homes and are associated with considerable costs and unfavorable outcomes such as immobility and mortality. The purpose of this study was to examine the long-term effectiveness of a multifactorial fall and fracture prevention program in nursing homes in terms of reducing femoral fractures.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Controlled clinical trial exploring the impact of a brief intervention for prevention of falls in an emergency department

16/06/2017

Source: Emergency Medicine Australasia 

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Date of publication: 23rd May 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this article is to establish the effectiveness of a brief intervention to prevent falls in older patients presenting to the ED post-discharge.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Cost-effectiveness of a community exercise and nutrition program for older adults: texercise select

16/06/2017

Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

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Date of publication: 20 May 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This paper assesses the cost-effectiveness of Texercise Select in the context of supportive environments to facilitate its delivery and statewide sustainability.

 


Trust to ‘pimp’ walking frames to try and reduce falls

17/05/2017

Source: Nursing Times

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Date of publication: 7th April 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: One page

 Length of publication: The aim of the new programme is to create a culture where older patients take more ownership of their frames, encouraging them to use them rather than leave them by the bedside, said the trust.

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Effects of vibration training in reducing risk of slip-related falls among young adults with obesity

17/05/2017

Source: Journal of Biomechanics, 2017, online

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study examined the effects of controlled whole-body vibration training on reducing risk of slip-related falls in obese people. Twenty-three young adults with obesity were randomly assigned into either the vibration or placebo group. Both groups were also exposed to a standardized slip induced by a treadmill during gait prior to and following the training. Dynamic stability and fall incidences responding to the slip were also assessed. The results indicated that vibration training significantly increased the muscle strength and improved dynamic stability control at recovery touchdown after the slip occurrence. Vibration-based training could be a promising alternative or additional modality to active exercise-based fall prevention programs for people with obesity.

Length of publication: 1 page

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A hierarchical alarm model for elderly fall prevention sensors

17/05/2017

Source: Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 2017, online

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: New technologies allow for automatic monitoring of hospitalised older people, helping clinical staff to supervise to reduce falls. This paper introduces a hierarchical model to predict alarming states in a sensor worn over clothes. The hierarchy predicts levels of danger to warn clinical staff of possible fall danger.

Length of publication: 1 page

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An integrative review of pediatric fall risk assessment tools

18/04/2017

Source: Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 2017, online

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Patient fall prevention begins with accurate risk assessment. However, sustained improvements in prevention and quality of care include use of validated fall risk assessment tools (FRATs) to identify patients at highest risk. Adult FRATs are often used to create tools for pediatric patients. However, adult FRATs do not adequately assess risk in children, and pediatric FRATs have not been found to be reliable and valid across institutions and diverse populations. This review highlights the importance of choosing a FRAT based on an institution’s identified risk factors and validating the tool for one’s own patient population.

Length of publication: 1 page

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A home program of strength training, movement strategy training and education did not prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease: a randomised trial

18/04/2017

Source: Journal of Physiotherapy 

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Date of publication: 14 March 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: For people with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, does a 6-week, comprehensive, home exercise program reduce falls and disability and improve health-related quality of life? Is the program cost-effective?

 Length of publication: 7 pages

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The use of step aerobics and the stability ball to improve balance and quality of life in community-dwelling older adults – a randomized exploratory study

18/04/2017

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics

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Date of publication: July–August 2017, vol. 71, pps 66–74

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article explorse the use of step aerobics (SA) and the stability ball (SB) as tools for balance improvement in community-dwelling older adults.

 Length of publication: 8 pages

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Physical therapy reduces serious falls in seniors, but has its limits: Study

18/04/2017

Source: The Straits Times

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Date of publication: 16th March 2017

 Publication type: New article

In a nutshell: Participation in physical therapy programmes may not reduce the number of falls for the elderly by much, but can help in reducing the severity of falls, according to the results of a new study.

 Length of publication: One page

 


The effect of complex falls prevention interventions on falls in residential aged care settings: a systematic review protocol.

17/03/2017

Source:  JBI Database of Systematic Reviews

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Date of publication: 2017 February vol. 15 is. 2 pps. 236-244

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The objective of this review is to synthesize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of complex falls prevention interventions on fall reductions in the residential aged care population, implemented at two or more of the following levels: organization, facility or resident.Specifically the review question is: What is the effect of complex falls prevention interventions on falls in residential aged care settings?

Length of publication: 8 pages

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