Falls: A complex, multifactorial syndrome with addressable risk factors

Surya Davuluri, T. S. Dharmarajan

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Abstract

Falls in the geriatric population are the consequence of reversible and irreversible risk factors. While falls may be inconsequential for some healthy older adults, in many they adversely affect quality of life or result in significant morbidity and mortality. A decline in future falls can occur if reversible risk factors are addressed. In this article, the authors present three case scenarios of patients who sustained falls and required hospitalization; all had reversible risk factors. Each case includes an explanation of the risk factors involved and the complications invoked by the fall. The authors also present a review of the evidence-based recommendations regarding risk screening and falls prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Geriatrics
Volume21
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2013

Keywords

  • Adverse outcomes of falls
  • An approach to falls
  • Falls in elderly
  • Prevention of falls
  • Reversible causes of falls
  • Risk factors for falls

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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