Fall Prevention in the Elderly - What do clinical guidelines say?
- Dr. Shawn Thistle
Approximately 30% of adults over 60 years of age or older fall each year. Older adults with greater frailty and living in nursing homes are more likely to fall, with consequences including fractures, mobility challenges, loss of independence and more.
Clinical practice guidelines for fall prevention and management have been created by several organizations, which are typically based on systematic reviews and expert consensus. Despite the large number of published reviews, there is little knowledge on the level of agreement among them.
This study aimed to systematically review existing clinical practice guidelines on fall prevention and management for older adults, identify common areas evaluated and the level of agreement.
Fall prevention is so important, and chiropractors can play an important role of your aging patients. I discuss this more in “Older & Bolder: Chiropractic Care for Healthy Aging” - available via in-person Seminar or on-demand, online E-Seminar!
THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “Clinical Practice Guidelines on Fall Prevention & Management for Older Adults”
This paper was published in JAMA Network Open (2021) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Geriatrics, Injury Prevention and the 2022 Archive.