Community-based health efforts for the prevention of falls in the elderly.
AffiliationDepartment of Medicine, Letterkenny General Hospital, Letterkenny, Co Donegal,, Ireland. firstname.lastname@example.org
MeSHAccidental Falls/economics/*prevention & control
Community Health Services/economics/*methods
*Health Services for the Aged/economics
Wounds and Injuries/economics/epidemiology/*prevention & control
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CitationClin Interv Aging. 2011;6:19-25. Epub 2010 Dec 20.
JournalClinical interventions in aging
AbstractFalls are a major public health problem in the elderly population. The associated health care cost is great. It has therefore become an important public health matter to evaluate those interventions that might be effective in reducing the risk of falls. Risk factors that predict an increased risk of falling are described. We discuss interventions that can be employed in the community to reduce the risk of falls and associated injuries by discipline, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and physician-led interventions. We also discuss the cost-effectiveness of such interventions.