Falls in the elderly. II. Strategies for prevention.
SourceWiener Klinische Wochenschrift, 113, 11-12, (2001), pp. 398--407
Article / Letter to editor
Display more detailsDisplay less details
Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
SubjectPathophysiology of Brain and Behaviour; Pathofysiologie van Hersenen en Gedrag
In the companion paper, we have outlined how relevant risk factors for falls can be identified using a systematic approach. Once identified, the underlying diseases and pattern of (usually multiple) risk factors guides the design of an individually tailored intervention program. Such intervention programs follow one or more of the following goals: (a) to treat the underlying disease; (b) to reduce or even eliminate the number of falls; (c) to prevent or minimise the associated injuries; and (d) tertiary prevention of fall-related disability, including immobilisation, muscle weakness, reduced fitness, osteoporosis, fear of falling and mortality. The successful results of various intervention studies underscores that falls should be regarded as a potentially treatable disorder in elderly persons. Such knowledge is important for clinicians, which could apply prevention strategies to individual patients with risk factors that are strongly associated with falls. In addition, prevention is important for health policy makers who aim to reduce falls in the general population by reducing or eliminating commonly present risk factors (even if they are only weakly associated with falls).
Upload full text
Use your RU credentials (u/z-number and password) to log in with SURFconext to upload a file for processing by the repository team.