Fall prevention for people with learning disabilities: key points and recommendations for practitioners and researchers

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide a narrative review of what is currently known about the high rates of falls, and fall injuries, which are experienced by people with learning disabilities (LDs) throughout their lives. Design/methodology/approach: Narrative review. Current evidence is summarised as key points and recommendations for practitioners and researchers. Findings: People with LDs experience similar rates of falls as older adults in the wider population, but throughout their lives, or at an earlier age. Originality/value: Key points and recommendations are summarised for practitioners and researchers to promote fall prevention strategies and interventions for people with LDs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-99
Number of pages9
JournalTizard Learning Disability Review
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • health promotion
  • fall prevention
  • epilepsy
  • fall risk assessment
  • fractures
  • injury prevention

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