Exploring enablers and barriers to accessing health services after a fall among people with intellectual disability

30/03/2020

Source: Journal of Applied Research  in Intellectual Disabilities

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Date of publication: 10 February 2020

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Adults with intellectual disability experience high rates of falls making falls prevention an important health need. The purpose of the study was to seek perspectives of older adults with intellectual disability and their caregivers to (a) explore the experiences of older adults with intellectual disability when seeking healthcare services after a fall and (b) identify enablers and barriers when taking up evidence‐based falls recommendations.

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Care transition decisions after a fall‐related emergency department visit: a qualitative study of patients’ and caregivers’ experiences

30/03/2020

Source: Academic Emergency Medicine 

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Date of publication: 13 February 2020

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are a leading cause of injury‐related emergency department (ED) visits and may serve as a sentinel event for older adults, leading to physical and psychological injury. Our primary objective was to characterize patient‐ and caregiver‐specific perspectives about care transitions after a fall.

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Efficacy and generalizability of falls prevention interventions in nursing homes: a systematic review and Meta-analysis

19/02/2020

Source: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

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Date of publication: 23 January 2020

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study is to determine the efficacy of fall intervention programs in nursing homes (NHs) and the generalizability of these interventions to people living with cognitive impairment and dementia.

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The link between falls, social isolation and loneliness: a systematic review

19/02/2020

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics 

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Date of publication: May-June 2020 Vol. 88

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The chances of experiencing a fall among those aged 60 years and older increase as risk factors accumulate. In the last few decades, several studies have identified different risk factors for falls in older people, including the role of social isolation and loneliness. This systematic review provides an overview of published literature that analyzes the bidirectional relation between falls and social isolation or loneliness.

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Tai chi to prevent falls in older adults

03/12/2019

Source: British Journal of Community Nursing

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Date of publication: November 2019, Vol. 24, iss. 11 pps. 550-552

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Frailty is common in older age and those living with frailty are at risk of adverse health outcomes. Exercise programmes could potentially reduce the risks for this group of people by increasing muscle strength, reducing falls and improving overall mobility. This study looks specifically at the effects of weekly tai chi classes in those people living with frailty in older age. This study monitored the participants who attended each week and looked to see if any improvements were made by reducing the risk of falls, and improving mobility. Validated tools that assess balance, gait, and identify falls risk were used throughout the study. Initial results indicate a perceived improvement in physical health and wellbeing.

 Length of publication: three pages

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Root cause analysis of fall-related hospitalisations among residents of aged care services

03/12/2019

Source: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

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Date of publication: 14 November 2019

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fall-related hospitalisations from residential aged care services (RACS) are distressing for residents and costly to the healthcare system. Strategies to limit hospitalisations include preventing injurious falls and avoiding hospital transfers when falls occur. The aims of this study is to undertake a root cause analysis (RCA) of fall-related hospitalisations from RACS and identify opportunities for fall prevention and hospital avoidance.

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Effects of multidirectional and variable-speed body weight supported treadmill training on balance rehabilitation for fall prevention among community-dwelling elderly persons

11/10/2019

Source: ASEAN Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine

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Date of publication: 29 August 2019, Vol. 29(2) pps. 45-50

 Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of multidirectional and variable-speed body weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT) in walking and balance rehabilitation for elderly persons with a history of falls or with perceived impaired balance.

 Length of publication: 5 pages

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Ecological gait as a fall Indicator in older adults: a systematic review

11/10/2019

Source: Gerontologist

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Date of publication: 31 August 2019

 Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: Falls represent a major threat for elders, affecting their life quality and expectancy. Clinical tests and questionnaires showed low diagnostic value with respect to fall risk. Modern sensor technology allows in-home gait assessments, with the possibility to register older adults’ ecological mobility and, potentially, to improve accuracy in determining fall risk. Hence, we studied the correlation between standardized assessments and ecological gait measures, comparing their ability to identify fall risk and predict prospective falls

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