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Ann Intern Med. 2018 Dec 4;169(11):ITC81-ITC96. doi: 10.7326/AITC201812040.

Fall Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults.

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From the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. (E.A.P., K.R.).


Falls are common among older adults. One in 3 adults aged 65 years or older and 1 in 2 adults aged 80 years or older fall each year. Interventions for prevention have been identified; however, they are often not addressed in primary care practice. Screening all older adults annually for falls can identify who will benefit from further clinical evaluation and management. Falls and the need for care from subsequent injury increase with age. They adversely affect quality of life and are a financial burden on the health care industry. As a result, risk reduction is a key focus of prevention efforts, even among very elderly persons.


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