ProFaNE Taxonomy Manual
‘s original Workpackage 1, led by Clemens Becker and Sallie Lamb, not only published a consensus on outcome measures for use in falls prevention intervention research, they also worked on a taxonomy (naming and classification system) for falls prevention interventions so that in the future there could be meta-analyses of the different types of interventions. The taxonomy was designed for three purposes:
(1) To characterise and classify existing fall prevention interventions – such as those published in the literature as well as clinical services. It is being used by the Cochrane collaboration and other groups to characterise interventions, map research activity to date and identify areas which need more research.
(2) To encourage authors of new interventions to report the intervention in such away that it can be replicated and understood by others.
(3) To assist designers of new interventions to consider the range of factors that should be considered in developing and reporting a new intervention and to assist with pre-specification of a framework (model) explaining effectiveness for future testing.
The full paper describing the taxonomy is available in Trials.
You may be able to find more purposes for the taxonomy…. let us know.