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Curr Trauma Rep. 2017 Jun;3(2):118-123. doi: 10.1007/s40719-017-0087-x. Epub 2017 Apr 28.

Older Adult Falls: Effective Approaches to Prevention.

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Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, F-62, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The issue of older adult falls combines a problem with high incidence and high injury susceptibility with an increasing population at risk. A firm understanding of both fall risk factors and effective strategies is required to reduce risk and prevent these injuries.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Each year, 28.7% of older adults aged ≥65 sustain a fall. At the national level, this represents 29 million falls resulting in 27,000 deaths and 7 million injuries requiring medical treatment or restricted activity for at least 1 day. There are several strategies that have been shown to effectively reduce the risk or the incidence of falls.

SUMMARY:

More than 90% of older adults see a medical provider at least once a year providing an opportunity to identify and address fall risk factors. Comprehensive fall prevention in the primary care setting is both feasible and practical.

KEYWORDS:

Clinician role fall prevention; Effective fall prevention; Fall prevention; Senior falls

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