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New Project--Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Funds Research in the Prevention of Adult Falls

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) is pleased to announce funding to identify evidence informed practices in the prevention of adult falls in daily activities.

Falls are one of the most serious health problems across the lifespan. Although falls substantially impact all age groups, they particularly impact the young and the old.  For this reason, most attention to this problem has focused on children and older adults.  

The small amount of research that currently exists on adults and falls has examined falls-related injuries in the workplace and in competitive sports. Little consideration has been given to falls in young, middle, and older adults while doing everyday activities.  This research will fill the knowledge gap pertaining to the circumstances in which falls in adults occur and how these falls are different, similar or a predictor of falls in older adults (65+).  This knowledge could be instrumental in thinking upstream in terms of preventing falls in older adults as well improving the health, environment and other conditions necessary to influence falls later in life.

This research will be led by Dr. Richard Volpe and his team from OISE, University of Toronto.  Part of the research will also require the participation of program implementers, policy makers and other key stakeholders to support the identification of evidence-informed interventions on adult falls prevention. It will also provide valuable information to improve the use of these interventions for eventual implementation.

The project will begin in February 2013 and will be completed by the beginning of August 2014. A comprehensive literature search will focus on identifying effective interventions in adult falls prevention for healthy adults to adults living with chronic conditions. Social determinants of health will also be identified when possible along with systemic issues that may influence successful implementation of these interventions.  The interventions will be identified and reviewed using the BRIO (Background, Resources, Implementation and Outcomes) approach and translated into cases using the following steps:

  1. Form a consultation group of program implementers, policy makers and other key stakeholders to help expand and adapt the current BRIO framework
  2. Use input of these stakeholders to feed into the ongoing review process and make necessary modifications
  3. Finalize and share the case studies of annotated and new evidence informed practices

At the end of the project, the identified evidence informed interventions will facilitate bridging the research-to-practice gap and assist program implementers and managers in daily practice and decision making. ONF will collaborate with the project team to facilitate the knowledge transfer process and implementation to ensure the broadest sharing of information and uptake.

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