A primary falls prevention programme for older people in Hong Kong.

Research paper by Pan-Ching PC Sze, Pui-Sze PS Lam, Jessica J Chan, Kwok-Sui KS Leung

Indexed on: 22 Jun '05Published on: 22 Jun '05Published in: British journal of community nursing


This study describes the development and implementation of a large-scale primary fall and fracture prevention programme in Hong Kong and its effect on increasing the awareness and knowledge of fall and fracture prevention among older people. The effect of promotion of community participation is also investigated in the implementation of this primary prevention programme. The programme includes educational seminars, a train-the-trainers programme and a staff training programme. The effect of the educational seminars is shown by the increase in the knowledge and awareness of fall and fracture prevention among these participants (p < 0.01), while that of the train-the-trainers programme and staff-training programme is confirmed by the continuous expansion and continuation of the fall and fracture prevention programme in the community. The experience from this primary prevention programme has given us direction for future implementation of a more comprehensive prevention programme in our community.