Older People Safety: Latest Research

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

A huge amount of research on preventing injuries is carried out across the world. It is difficult for injury prevention practitioners to keep up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Increasingly, scientists are pulling together all the high quality studies on particular topics and collating the results in systematic reviews.

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HIGHLIGHTED RESEARCH

Please find below a list of highlighted studies in this area:

VIOLENCE AGAINST OLDER WOMEN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

The University of East Anglia have conducted research on intimate partner violence against older women (60+) and have produced a report of their findings.

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FACTORS INFLUENCING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF FALL PREVENTION PROGRAMMES: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND SYNTHESIS OF QUALITATIVE STUDIES
Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The current literature on barriers and facilitators to the implementation of fall-prevention programmes examines a variety of interventions. We recommend that successful implemen-tation requires individuals, professionals, and organisations to modify established behaviours, thoughts, and prac-tice. The issues identified through this synthesis need to be fully considered and addressed if fall-prevention pro-grammes are to be successfully implemented into clinical practice.

Citation: Child S, Goodwin V, Garside R, Jones-Hughes T, Boddy K, Stein K. Implement. Sci 2013, 7(1): 91.

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INTERVENTIONS FOR PREVENTING FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY
Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2012

Conclusions: Group and home-based exercise programmes, and home safety interventions reduce rate of falls and risk of falling.Multifactorial assessment and intervention programmes reduce rate of falls but not risk of falling; Tai Chi reduces risk of falling.Overall, vitamin D supplementation does not appear to reduce falls but may be effective in people who have lower vitamin D levels before treatment.

Citation: Gillespie LD, Robertson MC, Gillespie WJ, Sherrington C, Gates S, Clemson LM, Lamb SE. Cochrane Database Syst. Rev. 2012; 9(ePub): CD007146.

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND EXERCISE FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING FOR OLDER PEOPLE
Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2012

Reviews from the Cochrane Library assess the benefits of physical activity and exercise on the health and well being of older people.

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NHS BRISTOL RESEARCH – PREDICTING FUTURE NEEDS OF FALLS SERVICES
Countries Covered: England
Date: 2012

NHS Bristol have also been involved in a falls related project ‘Falls—into the future’. This project aims to model trends in fall related emergency admissions of older people, to help predict future needs of falls services. As well as highlighting the need for specialised services to identify and assist people at risk of falling, this analysis also helped make a business case for a Fracture Liaison Service and the development of the Falls/Primary Prevention Services.

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