Part I starts with a literature overview on the impact of falls in the elderly, the burden on healthcare, and the costs for society.

Part II provides insight into various factors associated with falls in older adults.

Part III includes the IMPROveFALL study protocol in Chapter 3.1 16. The IMPROveFALL study is a multicenter randomized controlled trial investigating the effect of a structured medication assessment including withdrawal of fall-riskincreasing drugs (FRIDs) versus ‘care as usual’ on reducing falls in community-dwelling older men and women, who visited emergency departments after experiencing a fall.

Part IV starts with the general discussion, wherein we summarize the main findings and discuss the strengths and limitations of the IMPROveFALL study. In addition we present the clinical implications of our findings and our recommendations for future research.

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Funding for the research of this thesis was provided by the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw, research grant number 170.885.607).
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Boyé, N. (2015, October 9). Falls in older persons. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/78727