Visually Impaired OLder people's Exercise programme for falls prevenTion (VIOLET): a feasibility study protocol

Dawn Skelton, Cathy Bailey, Denise Howel, Mima Cattan, Vincent Deary, Dot Coe, Lex de Jong, Sheena Gawler, Joanne Gray, Rosie Lampitt, Jennifer Wilkinson, Nicola Adams

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Abstract

Introduction In the UK, 1 in 5 people aged 75 and over live with sight loss. Visually impaired older people (VIOP) have an above average incidence of falls and 1.3–1.9 times more likely to experience hip fractures, than the general population. Older people with eye diseases are ~3 times more likely than those with good vision, to limit activities due to fear of falling. This feasibility study aims to adapt the group-based Falls Management Exercise (FaME) programme to the needs of VIOP and carry out an external pilot trial to inform the design of a future definitive randomised controlled trial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e011996
Number of pages10
JournalBMJ Open
Volume6
Issue number8
Early online date2 Aug 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016

Keywords

  • hip fracture
  • vision science research
  • visual impairment
  • exercise adherence
  • exercise training
  • balance exercises
  • strength

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    Skelton, D., Bailey, C., Howel, D., Cattan, M., Deary, V., Coe, D., de Jong, L., Gawler, S., Gray, J., Lampitt, R., Wilkinson, J., & Adams, N. (2016). Visually Impaired OLder people's Exercise programme for falls prevenTion (VIOLET): a feasibility study protocol. BMJ Open, 6(8), e011996. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011996