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Fall Prevention Mobile Clinic: A Novel Fall Prevention Program for Community-Dwelling Older Adults



Fall Prevention Mobile Clinic: A Novel Fall Prevention Program for Community-Dwelling Older Adults



Canadian Journal on Aging 37(4): 482-495



ABSTRACTCauses of falls in older adults are common, multifactorial, and can lead to significant injury. This before-and-after study evaluated the benefits of a Fall Prevention Mobile Clinic (FPMC) in reducing the risk of falling in older adults in British Columbia, Canada. Four hundred seventy-six participants (average age of 83.6 years) enrolled in the study and were followed for 12 months after attending the FPMC. At 12-month follow-up, the mean percentage uptake of fall prevention recommendations was 48.8 per cent (SD = 25.7%), the Timed Up and Go mobility measure improved from a median of 19.04 seconds to 17.45 seconds and the number of participants falling decreased from 64.8 per cent (in the 12 months before attending the clinic) to 55.6 per cent (in the 12 months after attending the clinic) (p = .012). After attending the FPMC, participants acted on recommendations, improved mobility and decreased their risk of future falls.

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Accession: 065785999

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PMID: 30176953

DOI: 10.1017/s0714980818000284


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