University of York Conducts Crucial Trials to Tackle Home Falls
The Department of Health Science at the University of York is conducting clinical trials to tackle the problem of home falls by elderly people, an issue associated with an increasingly ageing population.
The clinical trials are based on a smaller scale study conducted by the University of York, which found that falls in elderly people could be reduced by up to 12%. This would save the NHS a significant amount of the £2.3 billion it spends on responding to home falls each year.
The clinical trial, which is being funded by the National Institute for Health Research, aims to improve NHS home assessments. This can be done by suggesting changes in home environments, such as improving lighting, removing obstacles and placing domestic appliances within easy reach.
Speaking to York’s media team, Sarah Cockayne, a research fellow at the Department of Health Sciences, said: “People often think that falls are part of getting older and that little can be done to stop them, but there are actually many ways to reduce falls.”
The Department of Health Science at York was ranked 7th nationally in public health, health services and primary care research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, and joint first for its research environment. Through clinical trials, such as the the one described above, the Department of Health aims to “build on its established world-leading research excellence and embed a world changing culture”.
This article is adapted from the university of York’s news page:
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