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Date

2019

Abstract

With approximately 25% of older aged 65 or greater falling each year, and 20% of these incidents resulting in serious injury, falls are of significant concern for both the geriatric community and the healthcare system at large. In 2017, Vermont ranked 41st in the nation with respect to the percent of older adults with self-reported falls in the past 12 months, according to the United Health Foundation’s “America’s Health Rankings" report. Many patients at risk for falling remain uneducated regarding environmental, pharmacological, and/or behavioral risk factors that may be contributing to their fall risk. In addition, providers often have limited time during office visits to counsel patients regarding strategies to combat these risk factors. The purpose of this work was to develop discharge instruction strategies for geriatric patients at Hinesburg Family Medicine to combat environmental (home hazards), behavioral, and pharmacological factors that may be increasing their risk for falls.

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Hinesburg Family Medicine

Keywords

Geriatric, Falls, Prevention, Vermont

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Disciplines

Medical Education | Primary Care

Addressing Geriatric Falls in the Outpatient Setting: A Prevention Initiative

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