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Interventions for preventing falls in older people: an overview of Cochrane Reviews

Udell JE, Drahota A, Dean TP, Sander R, Mackenzie H
Published Online: 
13 April 2011
This Cochrane Review is at the protocol stage and there is no abstract or plain language summary. The objectives for the review are as follows:

Our overall aim is to provide an overview of interventions for preventing falls in older people by summarising the evidence from multiple Cochrane intervention reviews that evaluate the effects (primarily, rate of falls and number of fallers) of these interventions in different populations of older people, such as those defined by setting or by specific medical conditions.

Fall prevention interventions will include those in the following categories: supervised or unsupervised exercises; medication; surgery; management of urinary incontinence; fluid or nutrition therapy; psychological; environment and assistive technologies; social environment; knowledge/education interventions and any other interventions that do not fall into one of these categories (Lamb 2007). Interventions tested may belong to one category ('single' intervention), or more than one category ('multiple' and 'multifactorial' interventions).