This report reviews falls across the continuum of care; how canadian organizations are performing, updates on a variety of programs and strategies as well as future initiatives.

The Morse Fall Scale (MFS) is defined as a predictor of “fall-proneness” in hospitalized patients. The purpose of this administrative case study is to retrospectively examine the usefulness of implementing a modified Morse Fall Scale to  prevent inpatient falls in a critical access hospital.

This document describes the procedures used for an international search for clinical guidelines for seniors’ falls prevention and then offers a summary of ten guidelines that most effectively meet the search criteria and guideline definitions.

This global report is the product of the conclusions reached and recommendations made at the WHO Technical Meeting on Falls Prevention in Older Age which took place in Victoria, Canada in February 2007. The report includes international and regional perspectives on falls prevention issues and strategies and is based on a series of background papers that were prepared by worldwide recognized experts. The papers are available at: http://www.who.int/ageing/projects/falls_prevention_older_age/en/index.html

This report from the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies, St. Mary’s Hospital Center, Montreal uses a chronic care model (CCM) to provide a framework to improve the management and outcomes for late life depression.

This report focuses on prescribed drug expenditure, which accounts for 85.0% of drug spending in Canada. The first section provides an overview of prescribed drug spending using CIHI’s National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX) data. The second section looks more in-depth at public drug program spending using data from CIHI’s National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System (NPDUIS) Database. 55 pages

It has been reported that up to one-quarter of patients who visit emergency departments (ED) due to adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are admitted to hospital. ADRs resulting in hospital admission generally represent more severe reactions and require more resources to treat. One recent study found that ED visits and hospital admissions due to ADRs among seniors in Canada cost an estimated $35.7 million, with more than 80% of those costs arising from hospitalization. 

International Federation on Aging’s report highlights the critical need for action and investment in preventive eye health. By focusing on prevention and early detection of visual impairments, we are promoting a more active and productive older population, which can drive economic activity and mitigate costs of care and other financial burdens associated with ageing and chronic diseases. Across the globe, new policies to improve the diagnosis, management, and care associated with preventable eye diseases – especially among ageing populations – will go a long way in alleviating the burdens triggered by age-related vision loss.

Injuries cost Canadians $26.8 billion annually, according to The Cost of Injury in Canada, a new report released by Parachute on June 3, 2015.  More related resources are available at http://www.oninjuryresources.ca/

 

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