SDW news brief: Fall prevention strategies depend on indoor, outdoor risk factors

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, September 10, 2010

Older adults have different risk factors when it comes to indoor and outdoor falls. This subtle variation is often ignored and should affect how fall prevention programs are structured, a new study says.

"Indoor and outdoor falls are both important, but people at high risk for indoor falls are different in many ways from those at high risk of outdoor falls," says Marian T. Hannan, lead author of the study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife. "Failure to separate the two can mask important information on risk factors and may hamper the effectiveness of falls prevention programs."

The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that indoor falls are associated with an inactive lifestyle, disability, and poor health, while outdoor falls are associated with higher levels of activity and average or better-than-average health.
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Source: HealthLeaders Media

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