Fall Prevention: What’s All the Fuss Over Falls?

Author / Instructor: Mindy Renfro PT, DPT, Ph.D.
Profession: Physical Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands (U.S.), Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Course Number: 1508
CEU Hours: 2
Course Method: Online
Provider: Educata
Amount: $60
Active: Yes

Each year, millions of older adults fall, and many sustain life-changing injuries. Physical therapists are perfectly poised to take lead on the public health team in fall prevention. Use and dissemination of simple, evidence-based, user-friendly tools empower PTs and all healthcare practitioners, public health staff, and caregivers to proactively identify those older adults at heightened risk for falling BEFORE the first fall.

This program will teach physical therapists how and when to use the CDC’s STEADI fall risk toolkit, as well as how to skillfully interpret the results for each individual tested. This is the first step in a comprehensive fall prevention program, utilizing evidence-based tools to augment your PT practice and prevent that first fall!

Continuing education credits

This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs.

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Knowledgeably discuss the epidemiology and prevalence of falls among community-dwelling older adults in the U.S.
  2. Understand that fall risk is multifactorial and that some risks are modifiable.
  3. Objectively screen for fall risk in community-dwelling older adults.
  4. Interpret the results of the fall risk screening measures presented.
  5. Develop an effective action plan for abatement of an individual’s fall risk.
  6. Institute an evidence-based fall risk screening program in a medical and/or community setting.


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