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Inj Prev 14:274 doi:10.1136/ip.2008.019612
  • Cochrane corner

Systematic reviews on preventing fall-related injuries in older people

  1. E Sydenham
  1. 1
    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK Emma.Sydenham@Lshtm.ac.uk

      Falls are a common cause of injury in older people. Injuries caused by falls, such as broken bones or head injury, may result in disability, premature death, or a lower quality of life. Three systematic reviews currently published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for preventing falls and fall-related injuries in older adults.13 One of these reviews1 has recently been updated and the findings are presented below. The other two reviews are currently being updated, and are expected to be published later in 2008. One of these reviews2 has been divided into two, and the new protocols have been published.4 5

      POPULATION-BASED INTERVENTIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF FALL-RELATED INJURIES IN OLDER PEOPLE

      This review1 included studies with population-based interventions, which are defined as interventions …

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