Items in FPM with MESH term: Risk Management

Prevention of Falls in Older Patients - Article

ABSTRACT: Falls are one of the most common geriatric syndromes threatening the independence of older persons. Between 30 and 40 percent of community-dwelling adults older than 65 years fall each year, and the rates are higher for nursing home residents. Falls are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and nursing home placement. Most falls have multiple causes. Risk factors for falls include muscle weakness, a history of falls, use of four or more prescription medications, use of an assistive device, arthritis, depression, age older than 80 years, and impairments in gait, balance, cognition, vision, and activities of daily living. Physicians caring for older patients should ask about any falls that have occurred in the past year. Assessment should include evaluating the circumstances of the fall and a complete history and physical examination, looking for potential risk factors. The most effective fall prevention strategies are multifactorial interventions targeting identified risk factors, exercises for muscle strengthening combined with balance training, and withdrawal of psychotropic medication. Home hazard assessment and modification by a health professional also is helpful.

Do-It-Yourself Disease Management - Feature

Provider Sponsored Organizations: A Golden Opportunity in Medicare Managed Care - Feature

Documentation Tips for Reducing Malpractice Risk - Feature

Depositions: Defending Your Care - Feature

A Problem Oriented Approach to the HIPAA Security Standards - Feature

Providing Charity Care: A Primer on Liability Risk - Feature

Seven Reasons Family Doctors Get Sued and How to Reduce Your Risk - Feature

How Do You Manage Your Malpractice Risk? - Editor's Page

Minimizing the Risk of Financial Fraud - Feature


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