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.