Projects
Name
Falls & fracture prevention in older persons
University
the Netherlands (IFMSA-NL) - University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Domain
Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Departement
Geriatric Medicine
Head
Dr. Nathalie van der Velde
Tutor
Dr. Nathalie van der Velde, Dr. Hanna Willems, Dr. Marieke Henstra
Languages
English, Dutch
Duration
4 weeks
Availability
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Description: Falls and fall-related injury, such as fractures, form a major health care problem in older persons (>65yrs), with a yearly fall rate of 33% and an accompanying injury rate of approximately 20%. These numbers double for the over-80yrs group. Worryingly, fall rates in all age categories have been rising over the last decade and the same holds true for (serious) fall-related injuries such as brain injury or hip fracture. In order to diminish this significant and growing disease burden both in terms of quality of life for the individual patients and in terms of health care costs for the society, it is important to minimize the number of fall incidents. Aim: To investigate the associations between fall- and fracture risk in elderly and combinations multi/morbidity, medication use, cardiovascular disease and cognitive parameters. Used techniques: Literature review, gathering of clinical data (electronic patient records), database analyses including logistic regression modelling.
What is the aim of the project?
To investigate the associations between fall and fracture risk in elderly and combinations of multi/morbidity, medication use, cardiovascular disease and cognitive parameters.
What techniques and methods are used?
Literature review, gathering of clinical data (electronic patient records), database analyses including logistic regression modelling.
What is the role of the student?
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will be part of the research team and will gather and analyse data (literature and/or patientdata) under supervision of the involved PhD student
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
1
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The student is expected to be motivated and hard/working. There a no legal limitations.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
No
Hours
8
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
Articles
- The Association of Cardiovascular Disorders and Falls A Systematic Review Pubmed ID 26455926
- Factors associated with recognition and prioritization for falling and the effect on fall incidence in community dwelling older adults Pubmed ID 26678437
- Medication Related Fall Incidents in an Older Ambulant Population The B PROOF Study Pubmed ID 25398701
- Associations between vertebral fractures increased thoracic kyphosis a flexed posture and falls in older adults a prospective cohort study Pubmed ID 25888399
- Mortality and incident vertebral fractures after 3 years of followup among geriatric patients Pubmed ID 23052933