Frailty Versus Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries Initiative Fall Risk Score: Ability to Predict Future Falls

Frailty Versus Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries Initiative Fall Risk Score:... Preventing falls is a public health priority because falls are associated with greater risk of mortality, poor function, loss of independence, and greater use of long‐term care facilities. Falls and their consequences are expected to increase as the population ages, so efforts to identify those at high risk of future falls is of great importance. The American Geriatrics Society recommends an annual fall risk assessment for individuals aged 65 and older using an algorithm that includes initial screening for falls followed by an evaluation of gait and balance and an assessment for potential benefit from a list of multicomponent interventions. Existing fall risk assessments are assessed subjectively, require training or expertise in geriatric principles, or are targeted to the inpatient setting. Despite the availability of evidence‐based guidelines, there are implementation barriers for providers, such as limited time and insufficient knowledge regarding fall assessment and prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed Stopping Elderly Accidents, Death and Injuries (STEADI), which provides tools and techniques that focus on falls for primary care practitioners and educational material for patients. STEADI includes an adapted evidenced‐based gait and balance assessment algorithm that simplifies and streamlines the fall risk assessment in stratifying http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Geriatrics Society Wiley

Frailty Versus Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries Initiative Fall Risk Score: Ability to Predict Future Falls

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Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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© 2018 American Geriatrics Society and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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0002-8614
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1532-5415
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10.1111/jgs.15275
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Abstract

Preventing falls is a public health priority because falls are associated with greater risk of mortality, poor function, loss of independence, and greater use of long‐term care facilities. Falls and their consequences are expected to increase as the population ages, so efforts to identify those at high risk of future falls is of great importance. The American Geriatrics Society recommends an annual fall risk assessment for individuals aged 65 and older using an algorithm that includes initial screening for falls followed by an evaluation of gait and balance and an assessment for potential benefit from a list of multicomponent interventions. Existing fall risk assessments are assessed subjectively, require training or expertise in geriatric principles, or are targeted to the inpatient setting. Despite the availability of evidence‐based guidelines, there are implementation barriers for providers, such as limited time and insufficient knowledge regarding fall assessment and prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed Stopping Elderly Accidents, Death and Injuries (STEADI), which provides tools and techniques that focus on falls for primary care practitioners and educational material for patients. STEADI includes an adapted evidenced‐based gait and balance assessment algorithm that simplifies and streamlines the fall risk assessment in stratifying

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Journal of American Geriatrics SocietyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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