RESPOND—a patient-centred programme to prevent secondary falls in older people presenting to the emergency department with a fall: Protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial

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Authors: Barker, A.L., Nyman, S.R. et al.

Journal: Injury Prevention

Volume: 21

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-7

eISSN: 1475-5785

ISSN: 1353-8047

DOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2014-041271

© 2015, BMJ Publishing Group. All rights reserved. Introduction: Participation in falls prevention activities by older people following presentation to the emergency department (ED) with a fall is suboptimal. This randomised controlled trial (RCT) will test the RESPOND programme, an intervention designed to improve older persons’ participation in falls prevention activities through delivery of patient-centred education and behaviour change strategies.Design and setting: A RCT at two tertiary referral EDs in Melbourne and Perth, Australia.Participants: 528 community-dwelling people aged 60–90 years presenting to the ED with a fall and discharged home will be recruited. People who require an interpreter or hands-on assistance to walk; live in residential aged care or > 50 km from the trial hospital; have terminal illness, cognitive impairment, documented aggressive behaviour or a history of psychosis; are receiving palliative care or are unable to use a telephone will be excluded.Methods: Participants will be randomly allocated to the RESPOND intervention or standard care control group. RESPOND incorporates (1) a home-based risk factor assessment; (2) education, coaching, goal setting and follow-up telephone support for management of one or more of four risk factors with evidence of effective interventions and (3) healthcare provider communication and community linkage delivered over 6 months. Primary outcomes are falls and fall injuries per person-year.Discussion: RESPOND builds on prior falls prevention learnings and aims to help individuals make guided decisions about how they will manage their falls risk. Patient-centred models have been successfully trialled in chronic and cardiovascular disease; however, evidence to support this approach in falls prevention is limited.

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