Video Analysis Prompts Shift in Thinking on Causes of Falls
Evans, Jeff, Clinical Psychiatry News
WASHINGTON -- More often than not, elderly patients who fall in long-term care facilities do not trip or stumble while walking, but are instead transitioning from standing still or initiating a new activity at the time of their fall, according to an analysis of video-recorded falls.
"These results challenge traditional assumptions regarding the cause and circumstance of falls in older adults living in long-term care," Stephen N. Robinovitch, Ph.D., said at the meeting.
About half of older adults living in long-term care facilities fall each year, whereas the annual incidence is about 30% among older adults living in the community, said Dr. Robinovitch of the …
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Publication information: Article title: Video Analysis Prompts Shift in Thinking on Causes of Falls. Contributors: Evans, Jeff - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 38. Issue: 12 Publication date: December 2010. Page number: 28. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2010 Gale Group.
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