Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Interprofessional collaboration in fall prevention
Authors: Baumann, Isabel
Glässel, Andrea
Volken, Thomas
Rüesch, Peter
Dratva, Julia
Wieber, Frank
DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckx186.024
Published in: European Journal of Public Health
Proceedings: European Journal of Public Health
Volume(Issue): 27
Issue: suppl_3
Page(s): 410
Conference details: European Public Health Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2017
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1464-360X
Language: English
Subjects: Fall prevention; Interprofessional collaboration; Elderly
Subject (DDC): 362: Health and social services
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: In Switzerland, the incidence of falls among people over 65 years is about 30% per year. Thus, fall prevention is an important means to increase quality of life among the elderly. We present a project aiming to increase the effectiveness of fall prevention of outpatients by improving interprofessional collaboration between health professionals. The project was implemented in two rural and two urban regions between 2014 and 2016 with approximately 20% of the population over 65 years. In meetings which included general practitioners, physio- and occupational therapists, home care nurses and informal carers, tools for reporting fall risk, training and sensitizing media campaigns were developed. The aim of the study was to evaluate strengths and challenges of this project from the involved health professionals’ perspective by using an online survey and qualitative interviews. One of the project’s strengths is the training which contributed to an improvement of fall prevention. With respect to the challenges, the involved health professionals confirm that the additional efforts made are useful to improve health care services but are time consuming and are so far not remunerated for some categories of health professionals. Lessons learned on a micro and meso level indicate that the involved health professionals strongly support interprofessional collaboration in fall prevention. However, time and financial constraints challenge the implementation. On a macro level, potential ways to improve the project are to provide all involved health professionals with appropriate financial remuneration. The innovation of this project consists in its effort to build on existing networks while standardizing collaboration.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Public Health (IPH)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: Evaluation Via-Pilotprojekt Sturzprävention
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