Coordinated Care Plan to Prevent Older Adult Falls

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CE Course Description

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among adults age 65 and older in the United States.  This CE course provides a framework for managing older patients’ fall risk by offering practical suggestions to incorporate and evaluate fall prevention in care settings, thereby, reducing falls among older adults.

Author:  Eckstrom E, Parker EM, Shakya I, Lee R. Coordinated Care Plan to Prevent Older Adult Falls. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019.

References / Contributions by:

Burns E, Kakara R. Deaths from falls among persons aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2007–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2018;67(18):509-514.

Eckstrom E, Parker EM, Lambert GH, Winkler G, Dowler D, Casey CM. Implementing STEADI in academic primary care to address older adult fall risk. Innov Aging. 2017;1(2):igx028.

Tricco AC, Thomas SM, Veroniki AA, Hamid JS, Cogo E, Strifler L, et al. Comparisons of interventions for preventing falls in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2017;318(17):1687-99.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Describe the first step to reducing falls among older adults at the primary care clinic or health system level.

2.  Identify the biggest challenge to implementing a fall prevention program.

3.  Name the preferred functional test for identifying problems with gait and balance.

4.  Provide the nutrient deficiency that is associated with an increased risk of falls.

5.  Summarize the three key components of a clinical fall prevention program.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Coordinated Fall Prevention Activities in Primary Care

a.  Assess readiness for practice change around fall prevention

b.  Assess current fall prevention activities

c.  Identify a champion and create a fall prevention team

d.  Obtain leadership support

e.  Determine components of the clinical fall prevention program to implement

f.  Identify and link with community partners and resources

g.  Add fall prevention to the clinic workflow

h.  Adapt health record tools (electronic or paper)

i.  Identify primary care team members’ tasks

j.  Train team members

k.  Develop an implementation and monitoring plan

l.  Identify reimbursement and quality improvement opportunities

2.  Components of a Clinical Fall Prevention Program

a.  Screen for fall risk

b.  Conduct assessments

c.  Intervene to reduce the risk of falls

d.  Talking with older adult patients about falls

e.  Documenting the individualized care plan for your patient

3.  Follow-Up and Care Coordination

a.  Decide who among the primary care team will follow-up with the patient

b.  Determine feasible options for follow-up with patients and families

c.  Identify challenges and strategize regularly to overcome them



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CAADE Approval

This course is CAADE approved.


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Added On: 10/13/2019

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