Injury From Falls Intervention Strategies

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The injury from falls intervention strategies are described separately below. Each of these strategies is most effective when it is combined with other strategies. For example, changing knowledge, attitudes and beliefs will do little to increase participation in safety training if there is limited access to training opportunities in communities (e.g., ladder safety, wheelchair safety, baby walker safety). Similarly, changing knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs will not be as effective if there is no social support for using safety devices (e.g., hip protectors, gait stabilizing shoes), getting physical activity (e.g., strengthening, balance training), or taking medications.

As described in Readiness and Preparation, it is important to make sure that the intervention strategies are created to represent and address the needs of the Population. This may include paying attention to how different groups think about injury from falls. For example, these deaths and injuries may be much more common in some communities, and, therefore, community members may believe that it is unavoidable (e.g., building codes are not enforced, safety standards are not enforced). Furthermore, an intervention works best when there is an attempt to address language, reading level, and cultural barriers (see Cultural Competence for more information).


Select one of the following intervention strategies

The purpose of your intervention is to change…

infoHealth outcomes infoBehavior infoKnowledge, attitudes, skills, and beliefs infoSocial support infoEnvironments and policies
infoCampaigns & Promotions

C

C

E

E

E

infoIndividual Education

I

I

E

E

E

infoGroup Education

C

E

E

E

E

infoSupportive Relationships

E

E

E

E

E

infoProvider Education

E

E

E

E

E

infoEnvironment & Policies

E

E

E

E

E

E = evidence supports the effectiveness of this strategy
C = evidence supports use of this strategy in combination with other strategies
I = insufficient evidence to make a recommendation

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