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Implementing exercise programs to prevent falls: systematic descriptive review

Overview of attention for article published in Injury Epidemiology, July 2016
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Implementing exercise programs to prevent falls: systematic descriptive review
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Injury Epidemiology, July 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40621-016-0081-8
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Victoria Shier, Eric Trieu, David A. Ganz


The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends exercise to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults aged ≥ 65 years at increased fall risk. However, little is known about how best to implement exercise programs in routine care when a patient's need for exercise is identified within the healthcare system. Using a qualitative approach, we reviewed the literature to determine how exercise programs to prevent falls are implemented from the vantage point of a health care setting. We synthesized descriptive information about each program with data on program features and implementation difficulties and facilitators. We found that programs sponsored by primary care providers (PCPs) or specialists may help with recruitment into exercise programs. PCPs have the opportunity to identify people at risk and promote participation since most older adults regularly visit, and inquire about exercise from, their physicians. In terms of referral options, both home-based and group-based exercise programs have been shown effective in preventing falls; however, each approach carries strengths and limitations. Home-based programs can include participants who are reluctant or unable to attend group classes and can be individually tailored, but provide less opportunity for supervision and socialization than classes. Adherence to programs can be encouraged, and attrition minimized, through positive reinforcement. Successful programs ranged in expense for exercise sessions: a weekly class combined with exercises at home cost < $2 per participant per week, while frequent individual sessions cost > $100 per participant per week. With increasing attention to population-based health management in the United States, clinicians and health system leaders need a deeper understanding of how to link patients in their healthcare systems with appropriate community programs. This review identifies key characteristics of successful fall prevention exercise programs that can be used to determine which local options conform to clinical evidence. In addition, we highlight tradeoffs between program options, such as home versus group exercise programs, to allow referrals to be tailored to local conditions and patient preferences. Finally, our work highlights the key role of the PCP in recruiting patients to participate in exercise programs, and identifies options, such as registries, to support referrals to the community.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 2 2%
Unknown 124 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 33 26%
Student > Bachelor 19 15%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 10%
Researcher 9 7%
Other 21 17%
Unknown 17 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 36 29%
Medicine and Dentistry 33 26%
Sports and Recreations 7 6%
Engineering 5 4%
Psychology 5 4%
Other 13 10%
Unknown 27 21%

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