This study examined the prevalence of senior centres providing multi-component falls prevention education and the perceived barriers in implementing this education. A telephone interview was conducted in 2006 with 500 senior centres nationwide. Centre directors were asked about the types of multi-component falls prevention education offered (ie, balance exercise classes, medication management, home safety information) and barriers to offering this education. Seventy percent of senior centres offered balance exercise classes, 68% offered medication management and 53% provided home safety information. Thirty-two percent offered all three components. Lack of staff, time and staff not feeling they had sufficient knowledge to deliver falls prevention education were the leading barriers to providing multi-component education. Senior centres provide components of effective falls prevention education and, while some may not address all components of a multifaceted programme, many have existing resources that may be adapted for translation of evidence-based programmes.
- occupational injury
Statistics from Altmetric.com
Funding The study was funded by a grant from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Grant #: 5 R49 CE000530) to the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center.
Competing interests None.
Patient consent The research did not involve patients or any identifiable medical information.
Ethics approval Approval provided by UNC Chapel Hill Public Health-Nursing Institutional Review Board.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
Data sharing statement The data collection instrument and electronic data with corresponding codebooks can be made available to the broader community after all project personnel have completed their dissemination activities. De-identified data can be provided at the senior centre level in SAS format or in a Microsoft Access database. Codebooks can be made available in Microsoft Word. Data sharing contact: Carri Casteel, PhD ( ).
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.