What is the role of falls?

Abstract

There is now firm evidence to support interventions in the prevention of falls in older people, and emerging data support prevention of falls as a method of fracture prevention. This chapter discusses the epidemiology of falls, risk factors associated with an increased risk of falling, assessment of the older faller, and evidence-based approaches to the prevention of falls in the older person. Several randomized controlled trials have found that hip protectors, if worn, probably prevent hip fractures, but that poor compliance is a major issue limiting the effectiveness of this form of intervention. More data are needed to support the role of prevention of falls in preventing fractures, as well as comparative cost-effectiveness data with other evidence-based approaches to preventing fractures in an older population.

0102030'06'07'08'09'10'11'12'13'14'15'16'17
Citations per Year

116 Citations

Semantic Scholar estimates that this publication has 116 citations based on the available data.

See our FAQ for additional information.

Cite this paper

@article{Close2005WhatIT, title={What is the role of falls?}, author={Jacqueline C T Close and Stephen Lord Lord and Hylton B Menz and Catherine Sherrington}, journal={Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology}, year={2005}, volume={19 6}, pages={913-35} }