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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Educators’ perspectives about how older hospital patients can engage in a falls prevention education programme: a qualitative process evaluation

18/01/2016

Source: BMJ Open

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Date of publication: 9 December 2015 vol. 5 iss. 12 pps. 1-19

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study to explore educators perspectives of delivering patient and staff education, and to conceptualise how the programme worked to prevent falls among older patients who received the education.

Length of publication: 9 pages

 

 


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


Can toe-ground footwear margin alter swing-foot ground clearance?

15/06/2015

Source: Gait & Posture, 2015, online

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Date of publication: May 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Greater swing foot-ground clearance is functional for tripping prevention, as trips frequently occur due to the lowest part of the shoe contacting the walking surface. Shoe design effects on swing foot-ground clearance are, therefore, important considerations. Increasing swing ankle dorsiflexion can maximise the space between the ground and the toe, which is effective for tripping prevention. However, further research is needed.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Empowering older people at risk of falls

16/06/2014

Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: Website news article

In a nutshell: Medline Plus, a service from the US National Library of Medicine, has produced a list of questions older people can ask their GP to help them control their own risk of falls. Questions include information on exercise, medication, home safety and what to do after experiencing a fall, as well as pointing out the role GPs can provide in preventing falls.

Length of publication: 1 page


Promoting participation in fall prevention strategies

16/06/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 59 no 1 p. 136-144

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Date of publication: July-August 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Participation by older adults in fall prevention strategies is often poor: while they believe a strategy works in general, they often feel like it won’t benefit them personally. This Australian study aims to describe the frequency and reasons for older adults identifying prevention strategies as being ‘better for others than for me’. Strategies to promote participation may need to convince older adults that they too are at risk of falls and that the activities they currently take part in may not be enough to prevent falls and injury.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Twelve month follow-up of an Australian falls prevention programme

16/04/2014

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2014, Vol 58 no 2 p. 283-292

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Date of publication: March/April 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Randomised trials have shown that fall prevention programmes are effective in reducing falls in older adults, but the impact of these programmes need to be studied in real-life settings. This study aimed to examine the impact of a sustained programme of activities and find out what benefits had been reported. Benefits in joint flexibility, mobility and balance and enjoyment were reported. However, recall of certain parts of the programme such as the educational component and behavioural training were minimal.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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The cost of falls prevention in Torbay

24/09/2013

Source:  ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: August 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: This publication, from The King’s Fund, lists number of incidents and their associated costs in one area of England. It explores not just the costs associated with incidents, but also ongoing care costs and how they are distributed between different care providers such as hospitals and social care systems.

Length of publication: 1 page


Benzodiazepines should be avoided by older people

24/09/2013

Source: Age and Ageing, 2013, online

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Date of publication: July 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article drew research from two different studies to compare whether long-acting benzodiazepines (LBs) create a higher risk of falls in the elderly than short-acting benzodiazepines (SBs). It found that SBs do not lower the risk of falls any more than LBs, and recommends strongly discouraging the use of both in the elderly.

Length of publication: 1 page

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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


The ‘Ossébo’ intervention for the prevention of womens’ injurious falls

19/07/2013

Source: Global Health Promotion, 2013, 20 (2) Supplement p. 88-93

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Date of publication: June 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell:Falls and related injuries can be reduced by exercise, amongst other things, but the effect of exercise on serious falls injuries is unclear. This randomised controlled trial, ‘Ossébo’, aims to assess the effect of a community-based group exercise programme on the prevention of falls in women aged 75-85. The study will help to determine the effectiveness of a large scale fall prevention programme and the factors that may contribute to its success.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Managing fear of falling in older adults in the community

19/07/2013

Source: BMJ, 2013, 346

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Fear of falling is found in many older people, and can include fear, anxiety, loss of confidence and impaired perception of ability to walk without falling. It can lead to avoidance of activity, isolation, increasing frailty and further risk of falls not due to physical impairment. This article looks into the ways of managing the fear of falling by researching the available evidence.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Falls prevention best practice from an occupational therapy perspective

17/06/2013

Source: The Health Foundation Patient Safety Resource Centre

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: This is a discussion paper which provides an overview of the ways that occupational therapists can help older people at risk of falls, with an emphasis on those living in the community. Around 30% of community-based over 65s experience a fall each year, rising with age, and around 20% of these require some sort of medical attention.

Length of publication: 6 pages


Too many older people falling due to bad eyesight

17/06/2013

Source: The College of Optometrists website

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Date of publication: May 2013

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: According to new research published by the College of Optometrists in the run up to Falls Awareness Week (see this bulletin’s last issue), the majority of people are unaware of the link between poor eyesight and falls in older people. Failing eyesight should not be taken as an inevitable consequence of ageing, though there are simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of vision-related falls. Raising awareness of perks for the elderly such as free eye tests for the over 60s and eye tests at home is essential to reduce the risks of eyesight-related falls.

Length of publication: 1 page