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a frail person walking imageFebruary 19 2018

A new return on investment tool has been published bringing together evidence on the effectiveness and associated costs for interventions aimed at preventing falls. The information is intended to be of use for commissioners addressing the needs of people aged 65 and over living in the community. 

It notes that “people aged 65 years and older have a higher risk of falling, with 30% of people older than 65 and 50% of people older than 80 falling at least once a year. With 8.7 million people living in England aged 65 and over in 2011 this equates to over 3 million falls annually across the UK.”

In addition: “People who suffer a serious fall (20% of all falls) are assumed to require a general practitioner (GP) appointment (51%), an ambulance call-out (61%) or attendance at an accident & emergency (A&E) department (80%).”

While focusing on exercise programmes to improve mobility and home modification to reduce tripping hazards, it also highlights the impact of medicines optimisation. A structured literature review on cost-effective interventions includes five studies on medicines review and modification to drugs.

Among the findings summarised in the literature review are:

  • Tai Chi and Tai Ji Quan were consistently the most cost-effective interventions when delivered to more mobile older people;
  • home assessment and modification is likely to be a cost-effective intervention for fall prevention in the older age groups;
  • withdrawal of fall-risk increasing drugs is likely to be a cost-effective option for prevention of falls.

The RoI tool is in the form of a flexible Excel sheet which allows for results to be tailored to the local situation based on the knowledge of the user. “Local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) can use results from the tool to protect and improve the health of their local populations when making commissioning decisions,” said PHE.

Link:
PHE announcement     

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