Prevention of falls network Europe: a thematic network aimed at introducing good practice in effective falls prevention across Europe. Four years on

ProFaNE Group

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Abstract

ProFaNE, Prevention of Falls Network Europe, is a four-year thematic network co-ordinated by the University of Manchester, UK, with 25 partners across Europe and funded by the European Community Framework 5. There are also Network Associates from a number of EU and non-EU countries who give their advice and experience at steering meetings, seminars and conferences. There are four main themes (taxonomy and co-ordination of trials; clinical assessment and management of falls; assessment of balance function; psychological aspects of falling). The work of ProFaNE is practical, in terms of developing the evidence base for implementation of effective interventions, standardising the health processes for people with a history of falls and encouraging best practice across Europe. Over the four years of the Network many key publications by the members have been regularly cited, the web membership has increased to over 2,000 members from 30 countries, there is an active discussion board and there are nearly 1,000 resources available to download. The success of the networking and relationship building in these four years has meant that many countries have adopted new national strategies to prevent falls and injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions
Volume7
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007

Keywords

  • aged
  • assessment
  • fall-related injuries
  • falls
  • interdisciplinary interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Physiology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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