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Can Fam Physician. 2011 Jul;57(7):771-6.

Falls in the elderly: spectrum and prevention.

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Parkwood Hospital, St Joseph's Health Care, 801 Commissioners Rd E, London, ON N6C 5J1. tareef.alaama@sjhc.london.on.ca

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  • Can Fam Physician. 2014 Mar;60(3):225.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To provide family physicians with a practical, evidence-based approach to fall prevention in the elderly.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

MEDLINE was searched using terms relevant to falls among the elderly in the community and in institutions. Relevant English-language papers published from 1980 to July 2010 were reviewed. Relevant geriatric society guidelines were reviewed as well.

MAIN MESSAGE:

Falls are a common and serious health problem with devastating consequences. Several risk factors have been identified in the literature. Falls can be prevented through several evidence-based interventions, which can be either single or multicomponent interventions. Identifying at-risk patients is the most important part of management, as applying preventive measures in this vulnerable population can have a profound effect on public health.

CONCLUSION:

Family physicians have a pivotal role in screening older patients for risk of falls, and applying preventive strategies for patients at risk.

PMID:
21753098
PMCID:
PMC3135440
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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