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Letters Falls prevention programme in UK care homes

Falls prevention programmes succeed only by supporting staff long term

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 25 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o190
  1. Adam Darowski, consultant geriatrician, clinical lead12,
  2. Antoinette Broad, advanced clinical practitioner, community services2,
  3. Kristel Silvester, clinical lead2,
  4. Paula Hughes, falls specialist2
  1. 1Department of Clinical Geratology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  2. 2Oxfordshire Care Home Support Service, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK
  1. adam.darowski{at}

In their trial of a programme to prevent falls in older people, Logan and colleagues show that training care home staff with written guidance has a short lived effect.1 A persistent effect can be achieved only by nurturing and sustaining staff over the long term.

The approach mirrors FallSafe, a trial to prevent inpatient hospital falls, in which a care …

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