- November 25th 2011
Prescribing a vitamin D supplement and recommending exercise for patients 65 and older could reduce their risk of falling, according to a recent evidence review.
The review, published in the Dec. 21, 2010, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, was commissioned by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to help the agency update its recommendation for preventing falls in the elderly. Before the guidelines are published, a draft will be posted for public comment online.
The task force does not have recommendations on primary care physicians counseling patients on fall prevention. But in 1996, the task force reviewed the effectiveness of counseling to prevent household and recreational injuries, including falls, by age group.
"There are interventions that are successful in preventing falls in older adults. ... That's important news, because falls are so common" in this age group, said lead review author Yvonne Michael, ScD, associate professor in the Dept. of Epidemiology and Bio [Read more]