Falls and the use of health services in community-living elderly people

Stoddart, H., Sharp, D., Harvey, I. and Whitley, E. (2002) Falls and the use of health services in community-living elderly people. British Journal of General Practice, 52(484), pp. 923-925.

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Falls are common and often preventable in older people. This short report describes substantial unmet need in relation to falls. Although falling, nearly falling, fear of falling, and activity restriction are common, many people do not seek assistance from healthcare professionals. Only 2% of those who had attended their general practioner (GP), a casualty department, or had been admitted to hospital after a fall were taking drugs to protect against osteoporosis. People who have fallen or are at a risk of falling need to be identified, and local policies and information regarding treatment for osteoporosis are needed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Whitley, Dr Elise
Authors: Stoddart, H., Sharp, D., Harvey, I., and Whitley, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:British Journal of General Practice
ISSN (Online):1478-5242
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