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Systematic review of accuracy of screening instruments for predicting fall risk among independently living older adults

Simon Gates, PhD, et al.

Figure. Flow chart of studies screened for use in review.

Many different screening tests are used by clinicians to predict which people are likely to fall and suffer injuries so that they can be offered treatments to reduce their risk of falls. We reviewed the evidence about how well screening tests identify people who will fall. We found 25 studies, which evaluated 29 screening tests, that met our criteria for inclusion. No good evidence was found that any screening test discriminates well between people who will and will not fall, and the usefulness of these screening instruments for clinical practice is unclear.

Volume 45 Number 8, 2008
   Pages 1105 — 1116

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