Falls Prevention

    Comparisons of Interventions for Preventing Falls in Older Adults:  A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis 

    Tricco AC, Thomas SM, Veroniki AA, Hamid JS, Cogo E, Strifler L, Khan PA, Robson R, Sibley KM, MacDonald H, Riva JJ. Comparisons of interventions for preventing falls in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2017 Nov 7;318(17):1687-99. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2017.15006

     

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    Bottom Line:
    • Compared to usual care, exercise alone, and in combination with other falls-prevention interventions were associated with a lower risk of injurious falls in older adults
    • The most effective interventions for reduction in injurious falls were: (1) combined exercise and vision assessment and treatment, (2) combined exercise, vision assessment and treatment, and environmental assessment and modification, and (3) exercise alone
    • Patient and caregiver values and preferences should be taken into consideration when selecting falls-prevention interventions for older adults

    Impact:

    • Our results can be used by patients, physicians, and policy-makers to tailor falls prevention interventions in older adults
    • Conducted with the Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Toronto, Alberta Health Services, Fraser Health Authority, amongst other knowledge users to inform falls prevention initiatives in these organizations
    • Featured in >50 mass media articles
    Funding:

    Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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    Date : 25 Aug 2017