Attitudes of GPs to medical management in a falls clinic service

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    Abstract

    Intervention programs that target falls risk factors can be effective. Falls clinics that use detailed multidisciplinary assessment are relatively new in Australia and it is not known how they are perceived by general practitioners. METHOD: A survey of referring GPs' attitudes to a falls clinic service and an audit of changes to patients' medical management resulting from falls clinic advice. RESULTS: General practitioners were largely satisfied with the falls clinic service, although they did not often change their patients' medical therapy as a result, or feel that review in the falls clinic had reduced their patients' frequency of falling. DISCUSSION: Further work is needed to confirm that the reductions in falls achieved in clinical trials are also being found in routine clinical practice. Alternative models of falls prevention and falls clinics could be explored, in partnership with primary care providers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1008-1010
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Volume35
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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