Preventing falls among older people - current practice and attitudes among community pharmacists

van Beurden, Eric, Barnett, Lisa M., Molyneau, Maxine and Eakin, Elizabeth G. (2003) Preventing falls among older people - current practice and attitudes among community pharmacists. Journal of Pharmacy and Practice Research, 33 1: 51-54.

Author van Beurden, Eric
Barnett, Lisa M.
Molyneau, Maxine
Eakin, Elizabeth G.
Title Preventing falls among older people - current practice and attitudes among community pharmacists
Journal name Journal of Pharmacy and Practice Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-937X
Publication date 2003-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 51
End page 54
Total pages 4
Place of publication Prahran VIC Australia
Publisher Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Objective: Falls among older people are a major cause of injury and death in Australia Urgent action is required if we are to stem the .epidemic' increase in falls as our population ages. This paper describes current practice and attitudes of community pharmacists in Northern Rivers, New South Wales, in relation to preventing falls. .. Method: Comm~typhannacists in the Northern Rivers area ofNew South Wales were surveyed to detennine their current activities to reduce the risk of falls in older clients and to gauge awareness of the successful 1992-96 falls prevention program- 'Stay on Your Feet'. Results: Response rate was 79% (53/67). Seventy-two per cent reported that they urge 'most' or 'almost all' older clients to bring in out-of-date medications for disposal, 66% give them falls prevention advice at least 'sometimes', 57% refer at least 'some' older clients to allied health practitioners for assessment or treatment of falls risk. and 92% are interested in receiving more written information regarding falls prevention. Conclusion: The fmdings suggest that while community pharmacists are both ready and keen to play a role in future falls prevention initiatives. their current involvement varies considerably. Specific ways in which they might further help to reduce falls are: regularly checking the potential of client. medications to connibute to falls. giving more verbal or written advice, promoting 'falls safe' products, referring older clients to allied health practitioners for assessment or treatment of falls risk, and training staff [Q provide falls prevention advice
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