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J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2014 Sep;58(3):300-11.

Community-based falls prevention: lessons from an Interprofessional Mobility Clinic.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. ; The Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team, Kitchener, Ontario.
  • 2Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. ; The Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team, Kitchener, Ontario. ; School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, Kitchener, Ontario.
  • 3The Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team, Kitchener, Ontario.
  • 4School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario.
  • 5Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Abstract

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Falls are a common and serious risk with an aging population. Chiropractors commonly see firsthand the effects of falls and resulting injuries in their senior patients and they can reduce falls risk through active screening. Ongoing research has provided proven approaches for making falls less likely. Screening for falls should be done yearly for all patients 65 years and older or in those with a predisposing medical condition. Additional specific falls prevention professional education would enable the chiropractor to best assist these patients. Collaboration and communication with the patient's family physician offers an opportunity for improved interprofessional dialogue to enhance patient care related to falls risk. Frequently falls prevention strategies are implemented by an interprofessional team. Chiropractors increasingly contribute within multidisciplinary teams. Collaboration by the chiropractor requires both simple screening and knowledge of health care system navigation. Such awareness can permit optimal participation in the care of their patient and the best outcome.

KEYWORDS:

chiropractic; elderly; falls; injury; prevention

PMID:
25202159
PMCID:
PMC4139769
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