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Title: First results of evaluation of a falls clinic
Authors : Bauer, Christoph
Gröger, Ines
Glabasnia, Anna
Bergler, Christoph
Gassmann, Karl Günter
Published in : International Journal of Gerontology
Volume(Issue) : 4
Issue : 3
Pages : 130
Pages to: 136
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
Issue Date: Sep-2010
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 362: Health and social services
Abstract: Background A falls clinic was established at the Waldkrankenhaus St. Marien, Erlangen, Germany. Risk factors for falls in community dwelling elderly adults were assessed and targeted interventions were recommended. Methods The assessment consisted of patient history, physical examination, evaluation of medication intake, clinical gait assessment, and static posturography and electronic gait analysis. The results of the first 61 assessments are reported in this study. Results Forty-two participants reported at least one fall in the last 6 months, with half reporting multiple falls. Gait impairments were discovered in 32 participants. Eight participants were diagnosed to suffer from a fall disease (recurring falls during the past 12 months), while nine participants were diagnosed with a fall syndrome (recurring falls during the past 12 months leading to severe injuries). A significant difference between fallers and nonfallers (p < 0.05) was discovered during the patient history and balance assessment using static posturography (p < 0.05). The participants received medical advice, recommendations for individually targeted interventions, and suggestions to see other specialists. Compared to an age-matched local population, our sample showed a higher prevalence of falls. Conclusion The results showed that a high-risk population attended our falls clinic. We presume that the falls clinic will have a beneficial effect in reducing the prevalence of falls in a high-risk population. Further studies are necessary to test this hypothesis.
Departement: Gesundheit
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/S1873-9598(10)70036-3
ISSN: 1873-9598
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