The falls project: a randomised controlled trial to evaluate an intervention to prevent falls in the well elderly

Margaret Stevens

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Abstract

[Truncated] The Falls Project was a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effect of an intervention of home hazard reduction on the occurrence of falls in elderly people. Falls and fall related injuries in elderly people are major public health problems, with one third of older people falling every year, and one in ten falls resulting in an injury severe enough to require hospitalisation. In 1995, fall injuries caused 70 deaths and over 3,000 hospital admissions in the 120,000 Western Australians aged 70+ years. The ageing of Australia's population will increase the number of fall injuries and their burden on older people, the community and the health system.
The personal characteristics, mainly age-related disabilities, that increase the risk of falls been clearly identified, and there is an emerging but incomplete literature on the role of home hazards in causing falls. Reducing exposure to home hazards is widely promoted as a falls prevention strategy and two uncontrolled community-based programs have claimed significant reductions in falls from home hazard interventions. The Falls Project evaluated one of these interventions.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 1998

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