Navigation Links
Research translates into successful community practice to improve elder health
Date:8/11/2008

It is not easy to translate research into practice, and a therapy that works well in the sterile research lab is not always successful in the real world. Researchers across the country are driven not only to discover new treatments but also to make sure their treatments are designed to be used successfully in a variety of community settings.

In the July issue of the American Journal of Public Health, Oregon Research Institute (ORI) senior scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., describes how senior community centers in Lane County, Oregon successfully adopted an evidence-based Tai Chi program to prevent falls among older adults. Based on this success, the Oregon Department of Human Services, in partnership with 4 counties in Oregon, has now adopted the Tai Chi program as part of its efforts to disseminate evidence-based interventions to promote physical activity and reduce falls among community-living older adults.

"Our results are very important from a public health perspective," says Li. "The U.S. population is aging rapidly and falls are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity among adults age 65 and older. Falls are associated with an enormous burden to individuals, society, and to the health care system. Tai Chi, as a proven fall intervention, may have much to offer in terms of reducing the public health burden of falls and the benefits accrued for prevention."

The study was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine how well the exercise program translated into positive results when taught in community centers by lay people. There is wide recognition within public health that proven programs must be translated, implemented and adopted to have widespread effects. In previously-funded research, the Tai Chi program developed by Li and his team showed positive results in improving balance and reducing falls among the elderly.

Twice-weekly 1-hour classes were held in local senior centers in for 12 weeks. Trained tai chi instructors delivered the program. Li and his team assessed several factors including how many centers adopted the program, whether teachers and staff were successful in implementing key elements of the program, and whether participants in the tai chi sessions experienced healthy benefits. Also of critical importance is whether the community center was willing to consider tai chi as part of its regular programs, and the extent to which participants continued their tai chi practice once the 12 weeks were over.

Results indicated that the all centers invited agreed to participate and all participating centers successfully implemented the program. Program participants showed significant improvements in health-related outcome measures such as balance, reduction in falls, and increased functional independence. Tai chi has been considered a low-cost exercise activity because no equipment and few facilities are needed. These results indicate that an evidence-based tai chi program can be implemented in urban and rural community settings.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kathryn Madden
kathryn@ori.org
Oregon Research Institute
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Kaiser Permanente - Stanford Heart Research Center Funded to Study Treatment Outcomes
2. Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation and eHealth Initiative Foundation Launch Partnership to Conduct Research on Health Outcomes, Comparative Effectiveness
3. MedexSupply Announces the Release of the ADC Limited Edition Pink Ribbon Stethoscope, With Proceeds Being Donated to Breast Cancer Research
4. Researchers to begin study aimed at helping Latino HIV patients
5. Thirty-seven College Students Participate in Regenerative Medicine Summer Research Program
6. Clinical Research Management gets contract for trials of therapeutics against infectious diseases
7. ChemBridge Research Laboratories, Inc. (CRL) has Established an Industry Record and Benchmark in Hit-to-Lead Libraries Turn-around Time
8. Researchers report periodontal disease independently predicts new onset diabetes
9. Scripps research team unravels new cellular repair mechanism
10. Researchers Find Genes That Influence West Nile Virus
11. New Research From Best Practices: Pharmaceutical New Product Planning - Structure and Activities to Drive Growth and Profitability
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... Coppin ... business owners and families in and around the Cape Coral area, is embarking on ... Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. , The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Fort Payne, AL (PRWEB) , ... December 08, ... ... enterprise offering insurance and financial consulting services to residential and commercial clients in ... raise awareness and support for Nobis Works. , Since 1977, Nobis Works has ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... , ... DrugDev again demonstrated its dedication to reducing the administrative ... adopters completing EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Certification from the U.S. Department of Commerce. , ... the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... "Today, MHA and ... comprehensive mental health systems reform legislation in more than fifty years. We applaud ... commitment of our elected officials to improving mental health services and supports in ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... , ... December 07, 2016 , ... ... drug in their bodies, a researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at ... , The study found that when young children are exposed to secondhand marijuana ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... NEW YORK , Dec. 8, 2016 ... ... such as reducing loss of blood during surgeries, lowering the ... surgeries, and decreasing risks of SSIs. The patient warming systems ... and intravascular warming systems.These benefits in turn reduce the stay ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016 KEY FINDINGS ... grow in 2017-2023. Various reasons for growth of the ... higher incidences of chronic diseases, high recovery cost of ... services. Medical lifting sling refers to an assistive ... mobility. These slings connect to the lift and hold ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... LONDON , Dec. 8, 2016 ... diagnostics includes products and tests that are used ... grass, weed, peanuts, milk, or drugs etc. in ... developed by the immune system. The report on ... future prospects of the market. The report consists ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: