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NICE - Falls in older people: Quality standard and clinical guideline

Developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Clinical quality guidelines take the evidence and create recommendations for practice (how you know what you need to do in order to meet the quality standard). 

This clinical guideline covers assessment of fall risk and interventions to prevent falls in people aged 65 and over. It aims to reduce the risk and incidence of falls and the associated distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality.

Who is it for?

  1. Healthcare and other professionals and staff who care for older people who are at risk of falling
  2. People aged 65 or older who fall or are at risk of falling in the community, and their families and carers
  3. All hospital inpatients aged 65 or older
  4. Hospital inpatients aged 50 to 64 who have been identified as being at higher risk of falling

View Clinical Guideline

A quality standard provides the principles of what to do and what to have ensuring the quality of interventions. Ultimately the standard helps to identify the goals to ensure a high quality of care. Standards are used in quality assessments and quality assurance programs, to identify gaps and where improvement in care can occur. Each province/health authority may have their own standards. 

This quality standard covers prevention of falls and assessment after a fall in older people (aged 65 and over) who are living in the community or staying in hospital. 

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