How effective are interventions designed to prevent falls in older people in nursing care facilities and hospitals?
Limitations of the review included the small number of hospital studies, difficulty isolating effects of individual components of treatments that involved multiple components, and the variability of interventions. Falls prevention programmes that include exercises for frail nursing care facility residents should carefully assess each individual’s suitability, as there is the possibility exercise programmes may increase some people’s risk of falls.
Falls by older people in nursing care facilities and hospitals are common events that may cause loss of independence, injuries, and sometimes death as a result of injury. Effective interventions are important as they will have significant health benefits.