Friday, March 27, 2015

Starting a Conversation between Providers and Patients about Older Adult Fall Prevention

CDC has introduced an exciting new video. It seeks to help start a conversation between health care providers and their patients 65 and older about ways to prevent falls. The video is part of the CDC/Medscape Clinical Commentary series that reaches thousands of health care providers, from a variety of specialties, nationwide.

Titled, “Are You Asking Your Older Patients the Right Questions?”, the video highlights 3 questions that health care providers can integrate into routine office visits with patients 65 and older:
  • Have you fallen in the past year?
  • Do you feel unsteady when standing or walking?
  • Do you worry about falling?

Using the tools in CDC’s STEADI initiative, the video then guides health care providers on screening, assessments, and proven interventions, such as:
  • Reviewing medications to ensure appropriate geriatric doses and reducing fall risk-increasing drugs; and
  • Recommending Vitamin D supplements.

You can watch the video at:
(Free Medscape login in required to access the video.)