Korean J Bone Metab > Volume 13(2); 2006 > Article
Korean Journal of Bone Metabolism 2006;13(2):93-101.
Prevention of Falls and Consequent Injuries in Elderly People
노인에서 낙상의 예방과 결과
김상범,곽 현,한성호1
동아대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실, 가정의학교실1
Fall and fall-induced injuries in elderly people are a major public-health concern, representing one of the main causes of longstanding pain, functional impairment, disability, and death in this population. The problem is going to worsen, since the rate of injuries rises with age and the number of elderly people seems to be increasing. Prevention of falls and injuries is not easy, because they are complex events caused by a combination of intrinsic impairments and disabilities with or without accompanying environmental hazards. Some methods to prevent such injuries already exist, including regular exercise, vitamin D and calcium supplementation, withdrawal of psychotropic medication, cataract surgery, environment hazard assessment and modification, hip protectors and multifactorial preventive programmes for reduction of many of the predisposing and situational risk factors. To receive effectiveness, these programmes will need systematic implementation.
Key Words: Fall-induced injuries, Prevention, Elderly people


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