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Instructor and client views of a community falls prevention service and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative exploration of a service in England

Jayes, Leah; Morling, Joanne R.; Carlisle, Sophie; Bogdanovica, Ilze; Langley, Tessa

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Leah Jayes

JOANNE MORLING JOANNE.MORLING@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Clinical Associate Professor

Sophie Carlisle



Abstract

Objectives: Falls are the most common cause of injury related deaths in people over 75 years. The aim of this study was to explore the experience of providers (instructors) and service users (clients) of a fall’s prevention exercise programme and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Derbyshire, UK. Methods: Ten one-to-one interviews with class instructors and five focus groups with clients (n=41). Transcripts were analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Results: Most clients were initially motivated to attend the programme to improve their physical health. All clients reported improvements in their physical health as a result of attending the classes; additional benefits to social cohesion were also widely discussed. Clients referred to the support provided by instructors during the pandemic (online classes and telephone calls) as a ‘life-line’. Clients and instructors thought more could be done to advertise the programme, especially linking in with community and healthcare services. Conclusions: The benefits of attending exercise classes went beyond the intended purpose of improving fitness and reducing the risk of falls, extending into improved mental and social wellbeing. During the pandemic the programme also prevented feelings of isolation. Participants felt more could be done to advertise the service and increase referrals from healthcare settings.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 18, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2023
Publication Date 2023-03
Deposit Date Jan 9, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2023
Journal Journal of Frailty, Sarcopenia and Falls
Print ISSN 2459-4148
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 1
Pages 9-22
DOI https://doi.org/10.22540/JFSF-08-009
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/15926134
Publisher URL https://www.jfsf.eu/Article.php?AID=v08i01_009

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