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CDC STEADI : evaluation guide for older adult clinical fall prevention programs

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    Falls among adults aged 65 and over (“older adults”) are common and costly. In 2016, falls led to about 3 million emergency department visits, 962,000 hospitalizations, and 30,000 deaths. Falls are often accompanied by loss of independence, reduced mobility, and fear of falling. Additionally, the annual medical cost associated with falls and fall deaths is an estimated $50 billion. To address the burden of falls among older adults, the CDC developed an initiative called STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) based on the American and British Geriatrics Societies' clinical fall prevention guideline.4,5 The STEADI initiative helps healthcare providers develop a standardized process for screening patients for fall risk, assessing the at-risk patient’s modifiable risk factors, and intervening to reduce the identified risk using effective risk factor-specific interventions. CDC’s Coordinated Care Plan to Prevent Older Adult Falls offers insight into implementation of a STEADI-based clinical fall prevention program, and provides primary care practices with tips and strategies needed for successful implementation. The Evaluation Guide for Older Adult Clinical Fall Prevention Programs is a companion to the Coordinated Care Plan. While the Evaluation Guide focuses on evaluating programs implemented in primary care settings, STEADI-based programs can be implemented in different healthcare settings and this guide can also be used to evaluate those programs. CDC recommends using the Coordinated Care Plan and the Evaluation Guide simultaneously for implementation and evaluation purposes, respectively. Suggested citation: Bergen G, Shakya I. CDC STEADI: Evaluation Guide for Older Adult Clinical Fall Prevention Programs. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019. Steadi-Evaluation-Guide_Final_4_30_19.pdf
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