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Nurs Times. 2010 Nov 23-29;106(46):10-2.

Falls in people with learning disabilities: what are the risk factors and prevention strategies?

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Department of Health Professions, Manchester Metropolitan University.


There is a high prevalence of falls and related injuries in adults with learning disabilities. This article highlights the latest evidence on the diverse risk factors for falls among this group. Research into effective falls management strategies is sparse, but there is some evidence to indicate that environmental management, strength and balance training, and careful management of medications may help to reduce falls. Nurses can play an important role by identifying those who are at most risk, implementing management strategies and educating others.

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