Reducing falls among older people in general practice: the ProAct65+ exercise intervention trial

S. Gawler, D.A. Skelton, S. Dinan-Young, T. Masud, R.W. Morris, M. Griffin, D. Kendrick, S. Ilife

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Abstract

Falls are common in the older UK population and associated costs to the NHS are high. Systematic reviews suggest that home exercise and group-based exercise interventions, which focus on progressively challenging balance and increasing strength, can reduce up to 42% of falls in those with a history of falls. The evidence is less clear for those older adults who are currently at low risk of falls.

Aim: ProAct65+, a large, cluster-randomised, controlled trial, investigated the effectiveness of a home exercise programme (Otago Exercise Programme (OEP)) and a group-based exercise programme (Falls Management Exercise (FaME)) compared to usual care (UC) at increasing moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). This paper examines the trial’s secondary outcomes; the effectiveness of the interventions at reducing falls and falls-related injuries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46–54
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume67
Early online date29 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016

Keywords

  • falls
  • older people
  • exercise interventions

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