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Thinking falls - taking action: development of a guide to action for falls prevention tool (GtA)

Robertson, Kate; Logan, Phillipa A.; Conroy, Simon P.; Dodds, Verity; Gordon, Adam L.; Challands, Linda; Smith, Sue; Humpage, Sally; Burn, Ann

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Kate Robertson

Professor of Rehabilitation Research

Simon P. Conroy

Verity Dodds

Professor of The Care of Older People

Linda Challands

Sue Smith

Sally Humpage

Ann Burn


Clinical guidelines and research papers help clinicians measure and understand the risk of falling in their older clients but very few provide the assessor with recommendations as to which interventions they can use to reduce the risk of a fall.

The Guide to Action for Falls Prevention tool (GtA) was developed to help professionals from a broad range of organisations to recognise factors that might increase falls risk and know which actions to take to lessen that risk.

Twenty four professionals tested the GtA in a clinical setting and found it quick (15 mins) and easy to complete. The GtA needs further evaluation to test whether it is a practical way of delivering a falls prevention intervention.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2010
Deposit Date Jan 31, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2012
Journal British Journal of Community Nursing
Print ISSN 1462-4753
Electronic ISSN 1462-4753
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 8
Keywords Falls, older people, risk factors, checklist, implementation
Public URL
Publisher URL;article=BJCN_15_8_406_410
Additional Information Published as: Robertson, Kate, et al., Thinking falls - taking action: a guide to action for falls prevention, British Journal of Community Nursing, 15(8), 2010, 406-410.


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