An Integrated Risk Assessment Approach to Fall Prevention Among Community-Dwelling Elderly

Leslie, Maryann; St. Pierre, Richard W.
March 1999
American Journal of Health Studies;1999, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p57
Academic Journal
Abstract: Falls have a profound impact upon the physiological and psychological health of the elderly, and are associated with increased health care costs and use. Health professionals working with the elderly in community settings should include a comprehensive fall risk assessment as the initial step in planning any intervention strategy. This assessment would involve those health professionals such as physicians, nurses, community health educators, social workers, and home health workers who spend the majority of their professional role dealing with the elderly. Such an assessment should take into consideration the dynamic interplay among multiple risk factors. This requires a multidisciplinary team approach to impact upon what has become one of the most costly and debilitating public health problems facing geriatric care. This article examines the most common and influential risk factors contributing to fails and offers strategies for fall assessment and prevention. [Amer J Health Studies 1999; 15(2): 57-62]


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