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UTMB to participate in $30 million national study to prevent falls in older people
Date:6/13/2014

director Dr. Richard J. Hodes. "This study will focus on people at increased risk for injuries from falls, the specific care plans that should be implemented, including interventions tailored to individual patients, and how physicians and others in health care and in the community can be involved."

The UTMB research team plans to enroll several hundred adults 75 and older, with one or more modifiable risk factors for falls. Each person in the trial will be assessed for his or her risk of falling, and receive either the current standard of care primarily information about preventing falls or the experimental study intervention in which individualized care plans will be developed and administered. The plans will be presented to the participant's primary care physician for review, modification and approval and will include proven fall-risk reduction interventions that can be implemented by the research team, physicians and other health care providers, caregivers and community-based organizations. The intervention centers on the concept of a falls care manager working with each participant's primary care provider to develop the plans and monitor success.

Ten trial sites across the country were chosen to address geographic, rural/urban, academic/nonacademic, and racial/ethnic diversity, and to include a range of health care systems and models of care. The 14 NIA-funded Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers, which include the nation's premier research programs in complex geriatric syndromes, and of which UTMB is one with Volpi serving as director helped to develop the trial protocol and will participate in the study.

Along with UTMB, the other trial sites are Essentia Health, Duluth, Minn.; HealthCare Partners, Torrance, Calif.; Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Md.; Mount Sinai Health System, New York; Partners HealthCare, Waltham, Mass.; Reliant Medical Group, Worcester, Mass.; University of Iowa Health Alliance, Iowa Cit
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Contact: Molly Dannenmaier
mjdannen@utmb.edu
409-772-8790
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
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