Falls prevention project (APA - HRB)

The aim of this project funded by the HRB Applied Partnership Award (APA) was to investigate the implementation and sustainability of an integrated falls prevention pathway for community-dwelling older people, specifically, to identify any gaps or delays in the provision of treatment to older people at risk of falls and to assess the scalability of the Integrated Falls Prevention Pathway. The study was conducted with stakeholders in the HSE Services for Older People, local hospitals, and community services in Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO4). Principal Investigator for the study is Dr Sheena McHugh.  Over the course of the project research was carried out by Dr Susan Calnan, Dr Rebecca Dennehy and Cr Caragh Flannery. 

Why are we doing this research?

Falls are one of the most serious and common threats to older people.  It is possible to reduce the risk of falls by assessing individuals' risk factors and providing appropriate treatment if neccesary.  The integrated Fall Prevention Pathway in Cork-Kerry Community Healthcare Organisation is one example of an integrated care pathway in the  National Integrated Care Programme for Older People. The service provided access to multifactorial assessment for older people in Cork city and county in dedicated falls risk assessment clinics. 

What was involved?

There were two main work packages:

  • Work package 1 investigated the delivery of falls prevention interventions and services in the pathway using 'process mapping' and combining qualitative data from the service.
  • Work package 2 assessed the scalability (suitability for scaling up) of the Integrated Falls Prevention Pathway through interviews and an online survey with senior health service stakeholders involved in the service. 

APA Falls project outputs

Presentations

  • Association of University Department of General Practice in Ireland (AUDGPI) Annual Joint Scientific Conference (Oral Presentation) “A study to assess the scalability of an integrated falls prevention service for community-dwelling older people” & “A qualitative study to identify factors influencing the perceived acceptability, appropriateness and feasibility of implementing a falls risk assessment service in primary care. Presenter: Dr Susan Calnan. 26/01/2021
  • UK Implementation Science Research Conference 2020 (Oral presentation) “A qualitative study to examine the acceptability, appropriateness and feasibility of implementing an integrated falls prevention pathway for older people” Presenter: Susan Calnan 16/07/2020
  • AFFINITY National Falls and Bone Health Symposium 2019 (Poster) “An Evaluation of the Implementation of an Integrated Falls and Fractures Pathway” Presenter: Rebecca Dennehy. 18/09/2019
  • Irish Gerontology Society 2019 (Oral presentation) “Investigating the Delivery of Falls Prevention Interventions to Older People Following Multi-Factorial Risk Assessment: A Cross-Sectional Study” Presenter: Rebecca Dennehy 26/09/2019

 Research Summaries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download the full research summaries here:

 APA Falls Research Summary 1 

APA Falls Research Summary 2

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