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Effectiveness of a programme delivered in a falls clinic in preventing serious injuries in high-risk older adults: A pre- and post-intervention study

Abstract : To evaluate whether a multifactorial programme delivered in a real practice setting would help prevent serious fall-related injuries in high-risk older patients.Design: A 6-month pre-post intervention study in 134 fallers (81.6 ± 7.2 years) consecutively referred to a fall prevention clinic after repeated falls in the previous year or after a fall associated with balance, gait, or strength disorders. The programme was delivered by a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a podiatrist, and a geriatrician based on a 3-hour fall risk assessment.Results: The proportion of patients with serious and moderate fall-related injuries was significantly lower in the 6 months after than in the 6-months preceding clinic attendance [8 (6.1%) vs 40 (30.5%), and 11 (8.2%) vs 19 (14.2%), respectively; p < 0.0001], as were the overall proportion of fallers (32.1% vs 95.4%; p < 0.0001) and the number of falls per patient (-5.2 ± -20.4; p < 0.0001). When compared with baseline, fear of falling at 6 months was reduced (p < 0.05), mobility was maintained, and the proportion of patients with an ADL score ≤ 2 was increased (5.6% vs 9.7% respectively; p < 0.001). Adherence to the main recommendations and satisfaction with the programme were > 75% at 6 months post-clinic.Conclusions: A multifactorial fall prevention programme delivered by a multidisciplinary geriatric team in older patients at high risk of falling helps to reduce over a 6-month period the risk of serious and moderate injuries related to falls, the risk of falling, and the fear of falling, and helps to maintain mobility and improve functional status.
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Hubert Blain, Fiona Dabas, Samia Mekhinini, Marie-Christine Picot, Stéphanie Miot, et al.. Effectiveness of a programme delivered in a falls clinic in preventing serious injuries in high-risk older adults: A pre- and post-intervention study. Maturitas, Elsevier, 2019, 122, pp.80-86. ⟨10.1016/j.maturitas.2019.01.012⟩. ⟨hal-02885899⟩

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