Preventing Falls and Fall-Related Injuries in Older People

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The Cochrane Library is one of the best sources for obtaining evidence-based information to better inform health care decisions. Preventing Falls and Fall-Related Injuries in Older People is a special collection containing four Cochrane reviews that provide evidence of effective interventions in preventing in falls.

The Cochrane reviews highlighted here include:

▪   Interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community

▪   Interventions for preventing falls in older people in care facilities and hospitals

▪   Population-based interventions for the prevention of fall-related injuries in older people

▪   Hip protectors for preventing hip fractures in older people

These reviews are available for free for a limited time, while this special collection is featured on the Cochrane Library homepage - so make sure you have a look soon!

The collection can be viewed here: