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Home fall hazard assessments effective in high-risk fallers but more information needed on effects of assistive technologies
  1. Yashoda Sharma1,2,
  2. Andrea Iaboni1,2,3
  1. 1 Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2 KITE—Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  3. 3 Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrea Iaboni, KITE - Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, M5G 2A2, Canada; andrea.iaboni{at}

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Commentary on: Clemson L, Stark S, Pighills AC, Fairhall NJ, Lamb SE, Ali J, Sherrington C. Environmental interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2023 Mar 10;3(3):CD013258. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD013258.pub2

Implications for practice and research

  • Home fall hazard assessments are shown to be effective in fall prevention among community-dwelling older adults at higher risk of falls. Future work should investigate the feasibility of implementing these interventions in practice settings.

  • It is uncertain whether assistive technologies can prevent falls in community-dwelling older adults, thus further research is needed.


Nearly 30% of older adults aged 65 years and older fall each year.1 While falls are multifactorial and include both intrinsic and environmental factors, ‘accidental’ falls, such as trips and slips related to environmental hazards, are very common reasons provided for a …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.