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Medical News & Perspectives
May 26, 2010

Primary Care Screening and Intervention Helps Prevent Falls Among Elderly

JAMA. 2010;303(20):2019-2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.640

An updated guideline for the prevention of falls in older patients urges primary care physicians to screen their patients yearly and to implement tailored, multifaceted interventions for patients at risk.

The guideline, which was produced by the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society, replaces one issued in 2001 by the 2 societies and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It emphasizes that primary care physicians should annually screen all of their older patients for risk factors that can lead to falls.