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120119 - Falls and balance in the older adult

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An educational event recorded for online viewing, to provide an update for GPs in the identification of modifiable risk factors and effective strategies for falls prevention in older people.

Relevance to General Practice

Falls in older people are a major concern in terms of disability, institutionalisation, mortality and socioeconomic burden. In older adults, up to 30% of falls can result in moderate to severe injuries, such as lacerations, hip fractures and head trauma, resulting in an increased risk of early death. A fall may lead to a fear of falling, avoidance of daily activities, social isolation, lowered quality of life and can precipitate a move to residential aged care. 

The cornerstone of effective falls prevention is identifying modifiable risk factors and intervening with effective strategies. General practitioners may identify patients who will benefit from fall prevention measures, develop and implement treatment plans with other health professionals and support patient uptake of recommendations. 

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the intrinsic, extrinsic and behavioural factors in the ability to maintain balance
  • Identify the risk factors for falls in the elderly
  • Describe the role of the Falls and Balance Clinic and identify suitable patients to refer
  • Delivery
    Title
    120119 - Falls and balance in the older adult
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    1 hour
    Start Date
    30-Jan-2018
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD
    1 hour
    Price
    0.00
    Location
    Online
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