Falls prevention in rural general practice: what stands the test of time and where to from here?

Barnett, Lisa, van Beurden, Eric, Eakin, Elizabeth, Dietrich, Uta, Beard, John and Newman, Beth 2003, Falls prevention in rural general practice: what stands the test of time and where to from here?, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 481-485.

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Title Falls prevention in rural general practice: what stands the test of time and where to from here?
Author(s) Barnett, Lisa
van Beurden, Eric
Eakin, Elizabeth
Dietrich, Uta
Beard, John
Newman, Beth
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 27
Issue number 5
Start page 481
End page 485
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2003-10
ISSN 1326-0200
1753-6405
Summary Objective: General practitioner recall of the 1992–96 'Stay on Your Feet' (SOYF) program and its influence on practice were surveyed five years post-intervention to gauge sustainability of the SOYF General Practice (GP) component.

Methods: A survey assessed which SOYF components were still in existence, current practice related to falls prevention, and interest in professional development. All general practitioners (GPs) situated within the boundaries of a rural Area Health Service were mailed a survey in late 2001.

Results: Response rate was 66.5% (139/209). Of 117 GPs in practice at the time of SOYF, 80.2% reported having heard of SOYF and 74.4% of those felt it had influenced practice. Half (50.9%) still had a copy of the SOYF GP resource and of those, 58.6% used it at least 'occasionally'. Three-quarters of GPs surveyed (75.2%) checked medications 'most/almost all' of the time with patients over 60 years; 46.7% assessed falls risk factors; 41.3% gave advice; and 22.6% referred to allied health practitioners. GPs indicated a strong interest in falls prevention-related professional development. There was no significant association between use of the SOYF resource package and any of the current falls prevention practices (all χ2 >0.05).

Conclusions and implications
: There was high recall of SOYF and a general belief that it influenced practice. There was little indication that use of the resource had any lasting influence on GPs' practices. In future, careful thought needs to go into designing a program that has potential to affect long-term change in GPs' falls prevention practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022514

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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