Use of Orthotics in Fall Prevention

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Orthotics use in Fall Prevention Falls are a common and complex geriatric syndrome that cause considerable mortality, morbidity, reduced functioning, and premature nursing home admissions. Falls have multiple precipitating causes and predisposing risk factors, which make their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention a difficult clinical challenge. Identifying effective interventions to prevent falls and fall-related injuries among older adults is a major area of research and policy development in geriatrics. Several published clinical guidelines review the evidence for fall prevention strategies and provide recommendations for assessment and intervention (Rubenstein & Josephson, 2006). Since falls are a frequent obstruction to independent living among elderly persons, there has been a growing consciousness of the incidence of falls which has led to the development of a lot of community-based fall prevention programs for older adults. Yet, the potential impact of these programs is reduced by the lack of research on factors that may influence older persons' decisions to accept or reject fall prevention behaviors. In an exploratory descriptive study done by Aminzadeh & Edwards, (1998) a focus group approach was used to draw out qualitative data on seniors' views on the use of assistive devices in fall prevention. Four focus group interviews were carried out with a convenience sample of thirty community-living older adults in Ottawa, Canada. "The interviews documented

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