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The role of health professionals in promoting the uptake of fall prevention interventions: a qualitative study of older people's views

Dickinson, A, Horton, K, Machen, I, Bunn, F, Cove, J, Jain, D and Maddex, T (2011) The role of health professionals in promoting the uptake of fall prevention interventions: a qualitative study of older people's views Age and Ageing, 40 (6). 724 - 730. ISSN 0002-0729

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Abstract

Background: uptake of and adherence to fall prevention interventions is often poor and we know little about older people's perceptions of and beliefs about fall prevention interventions and how these affect uptake. Objective: to explore older people's perceptions of the facilitators and barriers to participation in fall prevention interventions in the UK. Methods: we undertook a qualitative study with older people who had taken part in or declined to participate in fall prevention interventions using semi-structured interviews (n = 65), and 17 focus groups (n = 122) with older people (including 32 Asian and 30 Chinese older people). This took place in community settings in four geographical areas of the South of England. The mean age of participants was 75 years (range 60–95). Data analysis used a constant comparative method. Results: older people reported that health professionals and their response to reported falls played a major role in referral to and uptake of interventions, both facilitating and hindering uptake. Health professionals frequently failed to refer people to fall prevention interventions following reports of falls and fall-related injuries. Conclusions: consideration should be given to inclusion of opportunistic and routine questioning of older people about recent falls by practitioners in primary care settings. Referrals should be made to appropriate services and interventions for those who have experienced a fall to prevent further injuries or fracture.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Age and Ageing following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Age and Ageing, 40(6), pp. 724-730 is available online at the Age and Ageing website.
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > Health and Social Care
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 14:01
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:48
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/7539

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