RCT to Reduce Further Falls and Injuries for Older Fallers Presenting to an Emergency Department
Recruitment status was Recruiting
This project is called “Falls Aren’t Us” and aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of a customised falls prevention program for people aged 60 and over who were presented to the hospital Emergency Department following a fall and being discharged home. Recruitment for this randomized controlled trial has commenced in late December 2002 from several major public hospitals in the western, southern, and northern parts of Melbourne Metropolitan Region. Consented participants will receive a comprehensive falls risk assessment within one week of being discharged home from the Emergency Department and at twelve month following this initial assessment. Their falls risks will be monitored for twelve months through a falls diary. Following randomization, participants in the intervention group will receive a customised falls prevention program in addition to the usual care being put in place from the hospital Emergency Department.
Behavioral: a customised multifactorial falls prevention program
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||RCT to Evaluate the Effectiveness of a Targeted and Personalised Multifactorial Program to Reduce Further Falls and Injuries for Community-Dwelling Older Fallers Presenting to and Being Discharged Directly From an Emergency Department.|
- To evaluate the effectiveness of a customised multifactorial intervention in reducing falls and falls related injury rates, compared to "usual care".
- To accurately identify the circumstances, contributory factors and consequences of falls for older people presenting to Emergency Departments following a fall.
- To evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention program in improving secondary health and well-being measures, including physical, psychological (fear of falling, depression), and quality of life indices.
- To identify the physical, functional, and cognitive (executive function) parameters most strongly associated with good outcomeTo conduct an economic evaluation of the interventions and outcomes.
- To provide guidelines for future management of high risk older people presenting to Emergency departments.
|Study Start Date:||December 2002|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2006|
Older people presenting to an Emergency Department (ED) following a fall have high injury and hospitalisation rates. They are also at high risk of further falls and other adverse outcomes. However, there is currently limited available evidence to inform best practice.
The primary aim of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a targeted multi-factor intervention in improving health and well being of older people who present to an ED after a fall. It also aims to identify those within this high-risk population most likely to benefit from the intervention program.
Approximately 800 people aged 60 years and over will be invited to participate at the Emergency Department from the end of September 2002. Those who are eligible to participate will have a falls risk assessment in their own home and will be required to complete a falls diary for 12 months. There is a 50/50 chance (random allocation) that participants will receive an individualised falls prevention program.
The duration of a falls risk assessment is up to 2 hours and there is no cost involved. Participation in the research program will not affect routine management from the Emergency Department.
Becoming a participant may lessen the risk of having another fall and help others as well.
|Contact: Irene Blackberry, MB, PhDfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|National Ageing Research Institute||Recruiting|
|Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3052|
|Contact: John Barlow, PhD 83872305 email@example.com|
|Principal Investigator:||Keith D Hill, PhD||National Ageing Research Institute|