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Falls prevention advice and visual feedback to those at risk of falling : study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial

Uzor, Stephen and Baillie, Lynne and Skelton, Dawn and Rowe, Philip (2013) Falls prevention advice and visual feedback to those at risk of falling : study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Trials, 14. pp. 36-43. ISSN 1745-6215

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Abstract

Studies have shown that functional strength and balance exercises can reduce the risk of falling in older people if they are done on a regular basis. However, the repetitive nature of these exercises; combined with the inherent lack of feedback of progress may discourage seniors from exercising in the home, thereby rendering such an intervention ineffective. This study hypothesizes that the use of visual feedback and multimodal games will be more effective in encouraging adherence to home rehabilitation than standard care; thereby promoting independence and improving the quality of life in older adults at risk of falling.