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Interventions for preventing falls in older people in nursing care facilities and hospitals (Review)

Falls by older people in nursing care facilities and hospitals are common events that may cause loss of independence, injuries, and sometimes death as a result of injury. Effective interventions are important as they will have significant health benefits.
This review includes 41 trials involving 25,422 participants, with about three quarters being women and having an average age of 83 years. Many of the participants had cognitive problems.
In nursing care facilities, interventions targeting multiple risk factors were not clearly effective in preventing falls but may be so when these interventions are provided by a co-ordinated team of health workers. The prescription of vitamin D reduces falls, as may a review of medication by a pharmacist. There is no evidence that other interventions targeting single risk factors reduce falls and this includes exercise interventions.
For patients who are in hospital for more than a few weeks, interventions targeting multiple risk factors, and supervised exercise, are effective.
Limitations of the review included the small number of hospital studies, difficulty isolating effects of individual components of treatments that involved multiple components, and the variability of interventions.

More:  http://www.globalaging.org/health/us/2010/FallIntervention.pdf

AGE-BASED INEQUALITIES IN MEDICAL TREATMENT
This  presentation  of  age-based  inequalities  in  medical  treatment  is based on a review of published medical research undertaken during the last three decades in medical centers and large hospitals of 18 countries, including the US, Canada, 14 EU countries (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark,  Finland,  France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,  Ireland,  Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK), Norway and Switzerland. More>>

Meeting the costs of health care abroad

Each State has its own arrangements for the organisation, definition and provision of health care. Your own health insurance institution will be able to give you the information you need in your case.
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IKA (the largest Social Security Organisation in Greece) covers 5,530,000 workers and employees and provides 830,000 pensioners with retirement pension. In 2003 IKA introduced an open line for appointments all over Greece (5200555-64 (10 lines) and 184)   for medical, laboratory and hospital tests. Those insured with IKA can - by means of a single phone call (call number 184) or by visiting the health care unit - arrange an appointment with a doctor, to their liking, on the day and time they desire. They will then call on their doctor at the time of appointment without having to stand in queue, will receive their diagnosis or straightforwardly the doctor's referral (for required laboratory tests); finally, they can arrange their next appointment, if necessary.

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