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The use of ICT for falls prevention, detection and monitoring- call for case studies

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The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) is an EC funded initiative dedicated to bring about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe. ProFouND comprises 21 partners from 12 countries, with associate members from a further 10 countries. ProFouND aims to influence policy and to increase awareness of falls and innovative prevention programmes amongst health and social care authorities, the commercial sector, NGOs and the general public. ProFouND’s aim is to increase the delivery of evidence based practice in falls prevention and therefore reduce the numbers of falls and injurious falls experienced by older adults across Europe.

A core aspect of our work includes ICT interventions in relation to fall prediction, detection and prevention and as part of ProFouND we have created an online innovation factory (http://profound.eu.com/forums/forum/innovation-factory/), where we will bring together health and social care professionals, academics, engineers and industry partners to create new technological solutions to promote falls prevention, detection and monitoring. As part of this work we would like to provide ‘real-life’ case studies on the use of existing technologies, starting  with the U.K. and then rolling out across Europe.

We need your help!

We are looking for case studies from across the U.K.  We would like you to share your experiences of using information and ICT based technologies for falls prediction, detection and prevention in practice. Do you use a piece of kit or some technology which is really useful? Have you used something which has not proven to be very helpful? Who have you used it with (e.g. care home residents, community dwelling, Parkinson’s patients etc)? How have your patients/older people got on with using the technology? Technology can range from call alarm systems, to bed alarms, to using the wii or kinnect games systems. Please tell us about the technologies you have used and who they are manufactured by.
For further information or to share your case studies please contact Dr Helen Hawley-Hague at Helen.Hawley-Hague@manchester.ac.uk or Dan Morley at daniel.morley@manchester.ac.uk. We are happy for the case studies to be anonymous if required.  For more information about ProFouND, including access to a range of evidence based resources and details on how to register, please go to http://profound.eu.com/


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