The following is a review of the literature on falls prevention strategies for long-term care settings. It is presented as a practical guide for those who work with residents of LTC facilities to help in planning and implementing falls prevention strategies.
While an association between pediatric behavioral disorders and injuries is generally acknowledged, no studies have measured the risk for injury in the context of a large, population-based study that is free of cohort biases.
Fall-related injuries and deaths in older adults are a major public health problem in most contemporary western societies with aging populations (Carter, Kannus & Khan, 2001; Tinetti & Speechley, 1989). Approximately 30% of individuals over 65 years of age fall at least once a year (Campbell, Borrie, & Spears, 1989), and about half of these do so recurrently (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989). Given these statistics, and the changing age structure…
Interior Health Authority, April 1 to May 26, 2001, preliminary data analysis.
Injuries are costly to society and to the health care system. In 1993, the total economic burden to Canadians due to intentional and unintentional injury was 11.1 percent of the total costs of illness, or $14.3 billion (Health Canada, 1997). Only cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disease exceeded injury in total cost.
Preliminary data analysis for four hospitals of the South Fraser Health Region are currently participating in the Emergency Department Injury Surveillance System, partially funded by Health Canada and the Injury Surveillance Pilot Project. These four hospitals are Delta Hospital, Langley Memorial Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital and Surrey Memorial Hospital. The total number of cases submitted for the period April 1, 2001 to June 30, 2001 was 10,521.
View executive summary (PDF) » Canadian children and youth spend a considerable amount of time participating in sports and recreation activities. On average, children between the ages of 5 and 12 years spend 18 hours on physical activity every week, while those between 13 and 17 years-of-age average 15 hours (CFLRI, 1998). Soccer, swimming, hockey and baseball are the most popular sports among active Canadian children. The benefits of sport…
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