Promoting exercise as part of a physiotherapy-led falls pathway service for adults with intellectual disabilities

Jennifer Crockett, Janet Finlayson, Dawn Skelton, Gillian Miller

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Abstract

People with intellectual disabilities experience high rates of falls. Balance and gait problems are common in people with intellectual disabilities, increasing the likelihood of falls; thus, tailored exercise interventions to improve gait and balance are recommended. The present authors set up a physiotherapy-led falls pathway service (FPS) for clients with intellectual disabilities to promote exercise and prevent falls. Fifty clients with intellectual disabilities were referred in an 18-month period, 35 (70%) were prescribed exercise and 27 (54%) completed the exercise programme. The FPS was evaluated using the following outcome measures: Tinetti score, number of falls, clinician's judgement and carer's judgement.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Early online date10 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2015

Keywords

  • physiotherapy
  • intellectual disabilities
  • balance
  • gait

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