Journal article

Preventing injuries in older people by preventing falls: A meta-analysis of individual-level data

MC Robertson, AJ Campbell, MM Gardner, N Devlin

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING INC | Published : 2002

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Our falls prevention research group has conducted four controlled trials of a home exercise program to prevent falls in older people. The objectives of this meta-analysis of these trials were to estimate the overall effect of the exercise program on the numbers of falls and fall-related injuries and to identify subgroups that would benefit most from the program. DESIGN: We pooled individual-level data from the four trials to investigate the effect of the program in those aged 80 and older, in those with a previous fall, and in men and women. SETTING: Nine cities and towns in New Zealand. PARTICIPANTS: One thousand sixteen community dwelling women and men aged 65 to 97. INTERVENTI..

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