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Letters Preventing falls in older people

Falls among older people—are intervention duration and specificity the keys to making a difference?

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 25 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2213
  1. Christopher McCrum, human movement scientist and PhD candidate
  1. Maastricht University Medical Centre, 6200 MD Maastricht, Netherlands
  1. chris.mccrum{at}

As Oliver says,1 strength and balance training reduces falls in older people, with greater benefits when the weekly training exceeds three hours.2 Exposing enough people at risk of falls to interventions for enough time to yield population level improvements is one of the main challenges, so the required exposure time for …

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