A multidisciplinary fall prevention program for elderly persons: A feasibitity study

M. Hendriks*, M.H.C. Bleijlevens, J.C.M. van Haastregt, F.H. de Bruijn, J.P.M. Diederiks, W.J. Mulder, J M. Ruijgrok, P.A. Stalenhoef, H.F.J.M. Crebolder, J.T.M. van Eijk

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Failing is a common problem among elderly people and has many negative consequences. In the Netherlands, there is a need for effective fall prevention interventions aimed at elderly persons with an increased risk of falling. For this reason, we adapted a successful British fall prevention program comprising a medical occupational therapy assessment to the Dutch health care setting. This article describes the adaptation of this program and a pilot study to assess its feasibility in Dutch health care according to the implementers of the intervention as well as the participants (n = 21). This study showed that the Dutch intervention protocol is feasible in Dutch health care for both participants and implementers of the program. However, minor refinement of the intervention is warranted to improve its feasibility. The structured approach to adapt and pretest an intervention protocol appeared to be essential when aiming to implement a complex intervention program in a different health care setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-196
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

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