Paul Finucane

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It is estimated that by 2050 more than one in five people will be aged 65 or over. In this age group, falls are one of the most serious life-threatening events that can occur. Their automatic detection would help reduce the time of arrival of medical attention, thus reducing the mortality rate and in turn promoting independent living. This study evaluated a(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the effectiveness of exercise training (aerobic and resistance) in modifying blood lipids, and to determine the most effective training programme with regard to duration, intensity and frequency for optimizing the blood lipid profile. DESIGN Trials were identified by a systematic search of Medline, Embase, Science Citation Index(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare hospital and home settings for the rehabilitation of patients following hip fracture. DESIGN Randomized controlled trial comparing accelerated discharge and home-based rehabilitation (n = 34) with conventional hospital care (n = 32) for patients admitted to hospital with hip fracture. SETTING Three metropolitan hospitals in(More)
This study aims to evaluate a variety of existing and novel fall detection algorithms, for a waist mounted accelerometer based system. Algorithms were tested against a comprehensive data-set recorded from 10 young healthy subjects performing 240 falls and 120 activities of daily living and 10 elderly healthy subjects performing 240 scripted and 52.4 hours(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the features of an optimal exercise programme in terms of type of exercise, intensity and frequency that would maximise the training induced decrease in blood pressure (BP). DATA IDENTIFICATION Trials were identified by a systematic search of Medline, Embase and Science Citation Index (SCI), previous review articles and the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether provision of individualised physical activity advice by an exercise specialist in general practice is effective in modifying physical activity and cardiovascular risk factors in older adults. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial of individualised physical activity advice, reinforced at three and six months (intervention)(More)
The predicted increase in the prevalence of chronic and disabling diseases in the population over the next 30 years calls for a more effective approach to educating medical students about the assessment and management of disability. The introduction of a new postgraduate medical course at Flinders University of South Australia in 1996 allowed the(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this project was to assess whether outreach visits would improve the implementation of evidence based clinical practice in the area of falls reduction and stroke prevention in a residential care setting. METHODS Twenty facilities took part in a randomized controlled trial with a seven month follow-up period. Two outreach visits were(More)
CONTEXT In discussions of the merits and limitations of problem-based learning (PBL) as an educational methodology, the cost of its delivery is often cited as a significant issue. Although there appears to be no shortage of opinion as to the perceived cost of PBL, we know of no institution that has accurately measured its cost, even in financial terms.(More)
Health practitioners often regard complaints about the quality of patient care in a negative light. However, complaints can indicate strategies to improve care. Therefore, an audit was undertaken of all formal complaints about patient care at a major Australian hospital over a 30-month period. The profile of complainants, the reasons for complaints, and the(More)