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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1988 Sep;69(9):689-91.

Prevention of falls in the elderly population.

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Jewish Institute for Geriatric Care, New Hyde Park, NY 11042.


In response to the challenge posed by falls in the elderly, the Jewish Institute for Geriatric Care established a Falls Clinic. The coordinated expertise of a geriatrician, neurologist, cardiologist, and physiatrist were combined with resources in audiology, ophthalmology, and podiatry. Thirty-six patients enrolled in the study had sustained a total of 36 falls, which resulted in 13 fractures and seven soft-tissue injuries. Falls were a daily occurrence for three patients, weekly for five patients, monthly for ten, semiannually for 14, and yearly for four patients. After a one-year follow-up, 77% of the patients experienced no further falls. We suggest that falls are a multidisciplinary issue and recommend a team approach for successful management.

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