Preventing falls in the elderly


Single interventions, e.g. exercise, can reduce the rate of falls. The University of Exeter conducted a systematic review to evaluate whether combining two or more interventions are more effective. They reviewed 17 randomised trials involving 5034 people over the age of 60 years: 10 community based and five Australian.

The most common component in the interventions was exercise, with other components including education, psychological interventions, nutritional supplements and environmental changes.

Multiple component interventions significantly reduced the number of