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    Evidence to Support a Fall Intervention Program

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    This 8 page paper looks at the evidence to support a proposal to introduce an intervention program to reduce the rates of falls in clients of a home care agency. The paper is in the form of a literature review, examining previous research which demonstrates the value of an intervention using multi factor assessments. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

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    a great deal of evidence. It is generally recognised that the risk of falls increases in line with characteristics such as age, general health and well-being and cognitive status, as  well as being impacted by the general environment. Examining the literature there are a large number of studies which take a multifactorial view, assessing the way in which holistic approaches  to reducing falls for interventions may be able to reduce the incidence of falls. Many of the studies used various existing assessment tools or frameworks, however, the general approach tends  to be relatively similar, assessing the medical a cognitive condition of the patient, identifying general and specific interventions which may be implemented in order to reduce the risk factors associated  with individual, as well as examining the environment in which they are operating (Neyens et al, 2009; Becker et al, 2003; Nikolaus and Bach, 2003). Where applied in a listed  fashion majority of research indicates there is a significant improvement, with a reduction in fall rates for those in intervention groups, however the rate of improvement does vary. Neyens (et  al, 2009), undertook research in a relatively controlled environment, with research undertaken in the Netherlands, across psychogeriatric wards in 12 different nursing homes. The sample was therefore living in a  relatively controlled environment where interventions could be overseen by staff. The study took place over a period of 12 months, and compared the fall rate between the intervention group and  control group. Patients were allocated to either the control of the intervention group through the use of a cluster randomised process (Neyens et al, 2009). The patients in the  intervention group were assessed by a specialised multidisciplinary fall prevention team. The assessment used a general medical assessment as well as a specific fall tool. The fall assessment tool included 

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