An evaluation of the fall prevention practice of community-based occupational therapists working in primary care / Lynette Mackenzie [i 4 més]Material type: ArticleContent type: text Media type: informàtic Carrier type: recurs en líniaSubject(s): Teràpia Ocupacional | Caigudes | Persones grans | Residències de persones gransOnline resources: Accés restringit usuaris EUIT
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Meryl Lovarini, Thomas Price, Lindy Clemson, Amy Tan, Claire O’Connor
Occupational therapy in primary care settings in Australia is developing. This study aimed to examine current practice in preventing falls among older people living in the community prior to attending a home safety workshop; explore the outcomes of the workshop on fall prevention practice; and investigate self-reported changes in practice 3 months after the workshop.
The 3-hour workshop was focused on evidence-based home safety interventions and was offered to occupational therapists providing community-based services in the Sydney North Primary Health Network area. Knowledge surveys were used immediately pre and post workshop, and practice surveys were collected data at baseline and at 3-month follow-up.
Three workshops were run in 2015–2016, with a total of 40 occupational therapists. At follow-up, a positive impact on confidence and knowledge was reported. Less impact was observed on identifying and reducing an older person’s fall risk, and on fall prevention services provided and referrals received. Changes in practice were reported by 48% (n = 16) of the 33 participants who returned surveys at 3 months.
These findings provide support for the benefit of professional development workshops to improve confidence and knowledge, but challenges remain in facilitating change in fall prevention service delivery. Further study on screening for fall risk and collaboration between community service providers in the primary care context is recommended.