Exercise Is Most Consistently Effective Falls Intervention; USPSTF Updates Guidance
May 4, 2018 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Exercise was the intervention most consistently associated with fall rate reductions and improved outcomes in community-dwelling older adults, according to a review of more than 60 clinical trials. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published these findings in the April 24, 2018, issue of JAMA. Multifactor, custom interventions were also effective, but not as effective as exercise. Vitamin D supplementation showed mixed results in various studies, yielding increased falls and fall-related injuries in one trial, reduced falls in another trial, and no significant difference in the rest.