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Questions over falls prevention

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There is limited evidence that falls prevention programmes are effective, according to research.

A systematic review of 19 studies of falls prevention programmes across the world collated data from six electronic databases. The review looked at outcomes such as number of fallers, fall-related injuries, death and admission to hospital.

Results showed only a slight reduction in falls risk of about 9% and a small drop in falls-related injuries of about 10% compared with controls. No difference was found in hospital admissions, A&E attendance, death or moves to institutional care.

The study authors, from Warwick University, said there was a need for a large-scale definitive evaluation to assess clinical and cost-effectiveness of such interventions.

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