Evaluation of a health service delivery intervention to promote falls prevention in older people across the care continuum

Peel, Nancye M., Travers, Catherine, Bell, Rebecca A. R. and Smith, Kate (2010) Evaluation of a health service delivery intervention to promote falls prevention in older people across the care continuum. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16 6: 1254-1261. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2753.2009.01307.x

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Author Peel, Nancye M.
Travers, Catherine
Bell, Rebecca A. R.
Smith, Kate
Title Evaluation of a health service delivery intervention to promote falls prevention in older people across the care continuum
Journal name Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-1294
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2009.01307.x
Volume 16
Issue 6
Start page 1254
End page 1261
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Rationale, aims and objectives The incidence of falls and fall-related injuries in older age is predicted to increase concomitantly with global population ageing, representing a serious challenge to health care systems. In spite of the availability of policy and practice guidelines for the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries, a considerable gap remains between best practice and current health service delivery. This paper describes the method and results of the implementation and evaluation of a state-wide workforce enhancement strategy to promote the uptake of evidence-based falls prevention activities for older people.
Methods The project was undertaken in Queensland, Australia in 2008 across the community, acute and residential aged care sectors. Six Falls Safety Officers (FSOs) were appointed to implement a 1-year pilot of strategies aimed at enhancing workforce capacity to deliver a coordinated approach to falls prevention across the care continuum. The project was independently evaluated for process, impact and outcome. Both quantitative and qualitative data were extracted from records maintained by the FSOs for the evaluation and additional data were obtained from interviews with key stakeholders.
Results Considerable progress was achieved towards the project's objectives, including the wide dissemination of information and resources, as well as the establishment of working groups to continue falls prevention planning and implementation. Barriers and facilitators to the project's implementation were identified.
Conclusion The formal evaluation provides evidence for the development of a cross-continuum service delivery model for implementing coordinated state-wide falls prevention strategies for the prevention of falls in older people.
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Keyword Accidental falls
Care continuum
Health promotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 29 Nov 2010, 08:40:21 EST by Ms Catherine Travers on behalf of Australasian Centre on Ageing