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Falls in Older People
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Since the first edition of this very successful book was written to synthesise and review the enormous body of work covering falls in older people, there has been an even greater wealth of informative and promising studies designed to increase our understanding of risk factors and prevention strategies. This second edition, first published in 2007, is written in three parts: epidemiology, strategies for prevention, and future research directions. New material includes recent studies covering: balance studies using tripping, slipping and stepping paradigms; sensitivity and depth perception visual risk factors; neurophysiological research on automatic or reflex balance activities; and the roles of syncope, vitamin D, cataract surgery, health and safety education, and exercise programs. This edition will be an invaluable update for clinicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, researchers, and all those working in community, hospital and residential or rehabilitation aged care settings.
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Part I. Epidemiology and Risk Factors for Falls: 1. Epidemiology of falls and fall-related injuries; 2. Postural stability and falls; 3. Gait patterns and falls; 4. Sensory and neuromuscular risk factors for falls; 5. Psychological factors and falls; 6. Medical risk factors for falls; 7. Medications as risk factors for falls; 8. Environmental risk factors for falls; 9. The relative importance of falls risk factors - an evidence-based summary; Part II. Strategies for Prevention: Overview: falls prevention; 10. Exercise interventions to prevent falls; 11. Exercise interventions to improve physical functioning; 12. Medical management of older people at risk of falls; 13. Assistive devices and falls prevention; 14. Modifying the environment to prevent falls; 15. Prevention of falls in hospitals and residential aged care facilities; 16. A physiological profile approach to falls risk assessment and prevention; 17. Falls prevention strategies - from research into practice; Part III. Research Issues in Falls Prevention: 18. Falls in older people: future directions for research.

About the Author

Stephen Lord is a Principal Research Fellow at the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute in Sydney, Australia. Born 1957. Catherine Sherrington is NHMRC Australian Research Training Fellow at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia. DOB 29 Feb 1968. Hylton Menz is NHMRC Australian Clinical Research Fellow at the Musculoskeletal Research Centre, La Trobe University, Australia. DOB 8 June 1972. Jacqueline Close is a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine at Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, Australia. DOB 18 Nov 1965.

Reviews

'I have nothing but praise for this monograph. The Australian authors - a physiologist, a physiotherapist and a lecturer in foot mechanics and gerontology - recognized that textbooks have dealt with falls superficially and that no-one had methodically analysed and interpreted the published work. They write elegantly and apply academic rigour to the data, highlighting the gaps and uncertainties in our knowledge and generously providing many research ideas for readers to pursue.' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine 'Chapters whilst heavy with facts and figures, are very readable ... clearly written yet containing enough depth to satisfy the scientific mind. I think the book would appeal to any healthcare professional with an interest in falls prevention, either from a theoretical or practical standpoint.' Dementia 'The quality of the book is good and it is a good buy for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, geriatricians, orthopaedic surgeons, physical and occupational therapists and domiciliary nurses.' Saudi Medical Journal '... 'must have' for all geriatricians, PAMs and nurses concerned with falls prevention, both in hospitals and community settings ... I liked in particular the practical section on prevention of falls in institutions, which should be distributed through all nursing facilities in the UK.' W. Reid, Doctors.net '... this is undoubtedly a useful book to have as a resource for the interdisciplinary team.' Palliative Medicine 'This work bridges the gap between highly specialised journal articles and the often sketchy and superficial chapters on this topic that appear in many textbooks. It is clearly written and can be highly recommended to students, medical practitioners (including geriatricians and rheumatologists), nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and research workers in the field of gerontology and geriatrics.' Steven Boonen, Clinical Rheumatology '... provides all the information in a very handy and readable form that anyone setting up a falls clinic could wish for ... this is a book written by experts who have first hand experience of the academic and practical issues involved in identifying patients at risk and the interventions needed to prevent further falls. I strongly recommend it, not just to clinicians, but to nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists, and indeed anyone with a professional interest in this problem.' P. W. Overstall, Gerontology '... a stimulating and valuable book.' Janet M. Simpson, Journal of Ageing and Society 'This is one of the most important evidence-based texts focusing on falls in older people to emerge in recent years ... this book is meticulously researched and is a very welcome addition to the vast literature on falls prevention.' British Journal of Occupational Therapy 'Whom will this book benefit? All to whom the care of the elderly is entrusted on a regular and continuing basis ... it is well produced and printed.' Roy Archibald, Ergonomics '... an excellent piece of equipment for any researcher of falls.' RACP News 'The book is extremely easy for readers to use, whatever their needs. It is very well written, readable and logically structured. ... a valuable update of an excellent resource ...' Journal of Ageing and Society

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