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Inj Prev. 2009 Aug;15(4):248-51. doi: 10.1136/ip.2008.020420.

Effectiveness of a community-based multifaceted fall-prevention intervention in active and independent older Chinese adults.

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  • 1Changning Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 39 Yun Wushan Road, Shanghai 200051, China. xiaqinghua56@126.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness of an 18-month multifaceted intervention designed to reduce the incidence of falls in community-living older adults in China.

METHODS:

A population-based community trial evaluated by before-and-after cross-sectional surveys. Four residential communities were randomised to either a multifaceted intervention or a control condition. Baseline information was collected from a sample of older adults in each community. A 1-year annual fall rate was calculated after an 18-month comprehensive intervention.

RESULTS:

After intervention, 7.19% of the intervention community sample reported falls, compared with 17.86% of the control community sample (p<0.000). The annual fall rate decreased by 10.52% in the intervention communities, whereas the difference in control communities was not statistically significant.

CONCLUSIONS:

Multifaceted interventions in community settings may be useful in preventing falls among older people, and can be applied in similar settings in China.

PMID:
19651998
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PMCID:
PMC2714879
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