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Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions

Release Date: April 2018

Recommendation Summary

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Adults 65 years or older

The USPSTF recommends exercise interventions to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults 65 years or older who are at increased risk for falls.

B
Adults 65 years or older

The USPSTF recommends that clinicians selectively offer multifactorial interventions to prevent falls to community-dwelling adults 65 years or older who are at increased risk for falls. Existing evidence indicates that the overall net benefit of routinely offering multifactorial interventions to prevent falls is small. When determining whether this service is appropriate for an individual, patients and clinicians should consider the balance of benefits and harms based on the circumstances of prior falls, presence of comorbid medical conditions, and the patient’s values and preferences.

 

See the Clinical Considerations section for information on risk assessment for falls.

C
Adults 65 years or older

The USPSTF recommends against vitamin D supplementation to prevent falls in community-dwelling adults 65 years or older.

D

These recommendations apply to community-dwelling adults not known to have osteoporosis or vitamin D deficiency.

To read the recommendation statement in JAMA, select here.

To read the evidence summary in JAMA, select here.

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

 
Current as of: March 2018

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. March 2018.
https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/falls-prevention-in-older-adults-interventions1

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