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Tijdschr Gerontol Geriatr. 2005 Sep;36(4):161-7.

[Prevention of falls in the elderly--a key role for the falls clinic].

[Article in Dutch]

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Klinisch geriater, UMC Utrecht, afdeling geriatrie.


Falls are a major health problem among elderly people, because of the incidence and because of the consequences. Current practice commonly focuses on the injury with little attention of the underlying cause, the risk factors for a new fall and the possibilities for future prevention. Most of the falls are a result of multiple risk factors. Several of this risk factors are potentially modifiable. The Dutch Falls Prevention Collaboration have made a protocol to assist health care professionals at a standardised and evidence based way with their assessment of fall risk. With the risk factors identified in the assessment it is possible to make an individual multifactorial fall prevention program. Such an intervention can give a significant reduction of falls in the elderly. The protocol is presented in this article.

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