Discussion of fall prevention approaches with older adult patients

05/03/2018

Source: Preventive Medicine Reports, 2018, Vol 9 p. 149-152

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Date of publication: March 2018

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. The American and British Geriatric Societies recommend a fall risk assessment to identify risk factors and guide interventions to prevent these falls. This study describes the self-reported discussion of fall prevention approaches used by primary care providers (PCPs) who treat older adults. Self-reported discussion of any fall prevention approaches was 89.3%. Controlling for provider and practice characteristics, there were significant differences by provider type. Fall prevention suggestions vary by type of PCP. Dissemination of geriatric guidelines should include all PCPs who routinely see older adults.

Length of publication: 3 pages

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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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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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