Talking about fall prevention with your patients
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      Many fall prevention strategies call for patients to change their behaviors by: • Changing their medications • Doing prescribed exercises • Attending a fall prevention program • Changing their home environment We know that behavior change is di cult. Traditional advice and patient education often does not work. The Stages of Change model is used to assess an individual’s readiness to act on a new, healthier behavior. Research on the change process depicts patients as always being in one of the five “stages” of change. Behavior change is seen as a dynamic process involving both cognition and behavior that moves a patient from being uninterested, unaware, or unwilling to make a change (precontemplation); to considering a change (contemplation); to deciding and preparing to make a change (preparation); to changing behavior in the short term (action); and to continuing the new behavior for at least 6 months (maintenance). CDC’s STEADI tools and resources can help you screen, assess, and intervene to reduce your patient’s fall risk. For more information, visit STEADI-FactSheet-TalkingWPatients-508.pdf
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