Falls Prevention Services good but problems remain – Royal College of Physicians – 24 February 2010

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Falls Prevention Services good but problems remain – Royal College of Physicians – 24 February 2010

In a new survey of over 1,000 patients from the Royal College of Physicians, three-quarters (76% – 767 of 1,028 total respondents) felt that their experience of falls prevention services had been positive. 

However, among the 24% of respondents reporting a less than positive experience, the majority of issues were related to communication between patients and healthcare professionals, and many of the physical exercise programmes described in the results were not evidence-based, which limits their effectiveness. 

Participants also felt that the exercise programmes they were offered did not continue for long enough, were not sufficiently frequent and that the location was not always convenient enough to be really beneficial. 

The postal survey, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), carried out by the RCP’s Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit (CEEU) and supported by Age Concern and Help the Aged, showed that the majority of people were positive about their experiences of local falls prevention services. “

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