The effectiveness of e-interventions on fall, neuromuscular functions and quality of life in community-dwelling older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis

06/11/2020

Source: International Journal of Nursing Studies

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Date of publication: January 2021, Vol. 113.

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls in older adults result in serious, life-limiting consequences. An increasing number of fall prevention interventions have used technology to reduce the number of falls in community-dwelling adults. Various types of e-interventions are being tested in clinical trials and in the community. These include telehealth, exergames, cognitive games, socialized training, smart home systems and non-conventional balance training. Currently, no systematic review and meta-analysis has assessed the overall effectiveness of e-interventions and compared the effectiveness of the different types.

The aim of this review was to synthesize best available evidence concerning the effectiveness of e-interventions on fall, neuromuscular functions and quality of life in community-dwelling older adults.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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Evaluating a novel multifactorial falls prevention activity programme for community-dwelling older people after stroke: a mixed-method feasibility study

21/08/2020

Source: Clinical Interventions in Aging 

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Date of publication: July 2020,

 Publication type: August 2020, Vol. 15, pp. 1099-1112

In a nutshell: The overall purpose of this study was to explore participants’ and physiotherapists’ experiences regarding the acceptability, implementation, and practicality of a novel group-based multifactorial falls prevention activity programme for community-dwelling older people after stroke. Specifically, the purpose was to explore if and how participating could impact on the participants’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in terms of their daily lived experience regarding physical, mental, emotional and social well-being. A secondary purpose was to explore whether participating in the programme could positively influence participants’ balance, strength, falls efficacy, mobility and motor impairment of the trunk.

 Length of publication: 13 pages

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Cost-effectiveness of a multifaceted podiatry intervention for the prevention of falls in older people: The REducing falls with orthoses and a multifaceted podiatry intervention trial findings

19/07/2018

Source: Gerontology

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Date of publication: 26th June 2018

 Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: This article evaluates the cost-effectiveness alongside the REducing Falls with Orthoses and a Multifaceted podiatry intervention (REFORM) trial.

 Length of publication: 10 pages

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‘Too many’ care home residents in Wales have ‘unacceptable quality of life’

05/03/2018

Source: Care Home

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Date of publication: 23rd January 2018

 Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has criticised the Welsh Government for failing to take action on previous findings, saying ‘too many’ care home residents in Wales have an ‘unacceptable quality of life’.

 Length of publication: One page

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A falls prevention programme to improve quality of life, physical function and falls efficacy in older people receiving home help services: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

15/09/2017

Source: BMC Health Services Research

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Date of publication: 14th August 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The primary aim of this randomised controlled trial is to examine the effect of a falls prevention programme on quality of life, physical function and falls efficacy in older adults receiving home help services. A secondary aim is to explore the mediating factors between falls prevention and health-related quality of life.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Spinal mobility and alignment leading to lower QoL and falling

21/02/2017

Source: Gait & Posture, 2017, Volume 53 p. 98-103

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Spinal deformities can affect quality of life (QOL) and risk of falling, but no studies have explored the relationships of spinal mobility and sagittal alignment of spine and the lower extremities simultaneously. Purpose of this study is to clarify the relationship of those postural parameters to QOL and risk of falling. Forward-stooped posture and knee-flexion deformity could be important indicator of lower QOL. Moreover, limited extension in the lumbar spine could be a useful screening examination for fall prevention in the elderly.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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A health improvement programme for older people’s QOL after falls

21/04/2016

Source: Polish Annals of Medicine, 2016, online

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls in elderly people can cause both physical and mental injury, and have major medical and financial implications. This study aimed to assess the predisposition to falling as well as the subjective evaluation of quality of life in the elderly after implementation of the fall prevention programme. Slipping at home was the most frequent cause of falling. Patients who completed the programme showed improvements in all the analyzed aspects, especially in activities of daily living and the level of pain. A health improvement exercise programme reduces falls and can improve quality of life in elderly people.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Mobility is key predictor of wellbeing changes among older fallers

15/05/2015

Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2015, online

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Date of publication: April 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study designed to determine the factors that predict changes in wellbeing over time in older people presenting to the Vancouver Falls Prevention Clinic.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Falls history, balance and life quality in older cancer survivors

15/08/2014

Source: Gait and Posture, 2014, Vol 40 no 3 p. 451-456

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Date of publication: July 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Older cancer survivors may be predisposed to falls because of sequelae associated with cancer and its treatments. This study examined the association between fall history, balance and quality of life in community-dwelling older cancer patients who had completed primary cancer treatments. The results showed that falls are a significant problem in older cancer survivors and balance control is a determinant of perceived physical function and wellbeing. Older cancer survivors reporting a poor quality of life may have a higher risk of falling. Future research is needed to examine risk factors and interventions.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Effects on centre-based training and home-based training on physical function, quality of life and fall incidence in community dwelling older adults.

14/05/2014

Source: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice

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Date of publication: May 2014 30(4) pps. 243-248

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: “A quasi-experimental study to compare the effects of center-based training with home-based training on physical function, quality of life and fall incidence in older adults.”

Length of publication: 5 pages

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