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In Vermont, 1/3 of adults 45 years or older fell in the year 2018, statistically above the national average, which has not changed since 2012. Of those who fell, 34% experienced an injury after their fall.

Evidence-based interventions and fall prevention programs effectively reduce falls, and these programs aimed at reducing falls appear to reduce fractures. In fact, it has been shown that exercise intervention reduces fall risk by 30%.

Our review of the literature highlighted that there are numerous barriers to accessing fall prevention programs, including loss of independence, transportation, cost, and lack of interest. With this in mind, we investigated the potential barriers to accessing and attending fall prevention programs in Vermont.


McMann, Angela

Falls Free Vermont Coalition

Carney, Jan K.

Larner College of Medicine


Falls Free Vermont Coalition


Access to Health Services, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Injury and Violence Prevention

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No Fall Too Small: Assessing Barriers to Fall Prevention Programs