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Home hazard identification and effective home modification strategies can significantly reduce falls

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Effectiveness of a home hazard modification program for reducing falls in urban community-dwelling older adults: A randomized controlled trial

Tomoko KAMEI,Fumiko KAJII,Yuko YAMAMOTO,Yukako IRIE, Rumi KOZAKAI,Tomoko SUGIMOTO,Ayako CHIGIRAand Naoakira NIINO

 

In an article first published online: 12 SEP 2014 in the Japan Journal of Nursing Science, a random controlled trial conducted in Tokyo indicated that for persons (75+ years) enrolled in a Home Hazard Modification Program (HHMP) a significant reduction in both overall falls and indoor falls was evident at 12 weeks. The program involved hazard identification, fall prevention awareness and home modifications.  Further, one year after intervention at the 52 week baseline, there was a significant reduction in falls: 10.9% reduction in overall falls, while falls indoors were  reduced by 11.7% at 52 weeks.

 


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