LiFE – Lifestyle-integrated Functional Exercise Reducing falls and improving function

For those of you working with older people that do not want to join a group, then LiFE is for you!. Published by Lindy Clemson and colleagues, this programme combines strength and balance exercises into everyday life and attempts lifestyle change techniques. The manuals, for the older person, come in three progressions in a line…

Age UK publish EXPERT SERIES on Falls Prevention – for commissioners and policy makers

Document Title: Falls Prevention Exercise – following the evidence Document Purpose: To explain the research base for falls prevention exercise to give a better understanding of the programmes that have been shown to be effective in preventing falls. Target Audience: Clinical Commissioning Groups, Public Health professionals, commissioners of care services, health and care service providers,…

RCP Report 2012 – NHS exercise programmes a success with older people but not always evidence-based

Last week the Royal College of Physicians published a new audit on exercise provision in falls services across the UK. Some of the findings were, unfortunately, not unexpected! This survey was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and carried out by the Royal College of Physicians’ Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit (CEEU). It…

Training of health professionals improves implementation of falls prevention strategies

A systematic review of the evidence behind implementation studies on falls prevention, by Victoria Goodwin (one of our PSI tutors) and colleagues, has shown that Interventions that involved the active training of healthcare professionals improved implementation. The evidence around changing the way people who fall are managed within primary care practices, and, layperson, peer or…