Occupational therapy fall prevention interventions for community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review

18/06/2018

Source: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy

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Date of publication: May 2018 Vol. 72

 Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: In this article the authors updated and broadened a 2008 systematic review examining the evidence for the effectiveness of fall prevention interventions in improving fall-related outcomes, occupational performance, quality of life, and health care facility readmissions for community-dwelling older adults.

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Cognitive-based interventions to improve mobility: a systematic review and meta-analysis

16/05/2018

Source: Journal of the American medical Directors Association

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Date of publication: 19th April 2018

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The objective of this study was to review the existing literature on cognitive-based interventions aimed at improving mobility in older adults and assess the clinical effectiveness of cognitive interventions on gait performance.

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A scoping review of home modification interventions – Mapping the evidence base

11/04/2018

Source: Indoor and Built Environment

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Date of publication: February 28, 2018

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study looks into how housing improvements can directly impact health and care outcomes is an increasingly important area of trans-disciplinary research.

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Reducing falls in older adults recently discharged from hospital: a systematic review and meta-analysis

11/04/2018

Source: Age and Ageing 

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Date of publication: 23rd March 2018

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This systematic review aimed to synthesise the evidence for effective falls prevention
interventions in older adults recently discharged from hospital

 Length of publication: 8 pages

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Fall risk assessment tools for use among older adults in long-term care settings: A systematic review of the literature

18/01/2018

Source: Australasian Journal of Ageing

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Date of publication: 23 November 2017 pps. 1-11

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this article is to conduct a systematic review of published fall risk assessment tools (FRATs) tested for predictive validity among older adults in long-term care (LTC).

 Length of publication: 11 pages

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Balance and fall risk assessments with mobile phone technology

15/09/2017

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2017, online

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: While falls are a major health concern for older adults, preventative measures can help to reduce their incidence and severity; methods for assessing balance and fall risk factors are necessary to implement preventative measures. Mobile applications are being developed to enable seniors, caregivers and clinicians to monitor risks. This systematic review assesses reviews of such apps for their accuracy, reliability and validity. Further research is needed.

Length of publication: 16 pages

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Mobility assessments of geriatric emergency department patients: a systematic review

15/09/2017

Source: Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine

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Date of publication: 26 July 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aim of this article was to determine the impact of emergency department (ED) mobility assessments for older patients on
hospitalization, return visits, future falls, and frailty.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Adherence and attrition in fall prevention exercise programs for community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis

15/09/2017

Source: Human Kinetics Journal 

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Journal article 

In a nutshell: This study reviewed the evidence on how levels of adherence and attrition in fall prevention exercise programs may affect magnitude of effect of fall risk reduction in community-dwelling older adults.

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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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Dance movement therapy and falls prevention

16/06/2017

Source: Maturitas, 2017, Vol 102 p. 1-5

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Date of publication: August 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Dance is a popular form of physical activity among older people which may improve various health outcomes in this population such as balance, gait and muscle performance. This study conducted a systematic review considering all RCTs investigating if dance can reduce falls and improve fear of falling in older adults. In two out of three RCTs, dancing improved this. However, there is a paucity of studies on dancing and falls, so the evidence is preliminary and equivocal.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Knowledge, behavioural practices, and experiences of outdoor fallers: implications for prevention programs

16/06/2017

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2017, Vol 72 p. 19-24

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Date of publication: September-October 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls prevention has been well-studied, but the focus is usually on indoor falls rather than outdoor. Older adults’ knowledge of outdoor risk factors and fall prevention practices have not been examined. This study sought to fill that gap and inform the development of a prevention program by exploring experiences of older adults.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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