Economics of fall prevention programmes: evidence and research priorties

Smith, Richard D. and Fordham, Richard J. ORCID: (2001) Economics of fall prevention programmes: evidence and research priorties. Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, 1 (1). pp. 59-67. ISSN 1744-8379

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Injurious falls, particularly among the elderly, are a leading cause of morbidity, mortality and health and social care expenditure. Noninjurious falls may result in significant quality of life losses through generating a fear of subsequent falls. Falls may be due to intrinsic (age-related physiological changes, diseases or polypharmacy) or extrinsic (environmental hazards and behavior) factors. Although interventions target both of these, much of the focus is upon extrinsic factors, through changes to behavior and the environment. This paper reviews the cost-effectiveness of such interventions in reducing the risk of new falls, or modifying the harm caused in the event of a fall, for the general unselected population of the elderly living independently in the community.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 11:11
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 01:51
DOI: 10.1586/14737167.1.1.59

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