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Falls and fractures: a literature review and Welsh perspective

Gareth Morgan (NHS Wales Policy Lead for Older People, based at NHS Wales, Llanharan, UK)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 29 November 2013

Abstract

Purpose

This paper has three main elements to it. The first is to present some of the epidemiological considerations of this situation. The second is to describe some of the risk factors and by extension, the interventions that might be helpful. Third, a case study on the Welsh situation will be described.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper draws from the published literature and combines this with the professional experience of the author in Wales. Epidemiological calculations are presented using readily available data and summarised diagrammatically.

Findings

Falls and fractures constitute a significant public health challenge due to the number of individuals affected and the seriousness of impacts. Risk factors, such as vitamin D deficiency, are open to modification and interventions such as exercise are also helpful. In Wales, policy could be geared to improving the response to this, such as an expansion of cost saving fracture liaison services.

Originality/value

This paper draws together a diverse literature to help develop policy in Wales.

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Citation

Morgan, G. (2013), "Falls and fractures: a literature review and Welsh perspective", Working with Older People, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 170-178. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-07-2013-0016

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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