50 hours’ of exercise needed to reduce falls

To be effective at reducing falls, strength and balance programmes should deliver a minimum of 50 hours exercise delivered over 24 weeks through a combination of specialist instruction and ‘home’ exercise, researchers have concluded.

To support the roll out of effective Falls Management Exercise Programmes (FaME), researchers from the University of Nottingham have developed an implementation manual. This is designed to support the commissioning of FaME, which is shown to achieve a 26 per cent reduction in falls.

Guidance also covers getting down and up from the floor, should someone have a fall.

Researchers estimate that adoption of FaME could save the NHS more than £700 million. The NHS currently spends £2.3billion per year treating the consequences of falls. 

The Implementation manual is available free online.

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