Medication-Related Falls in Older People

Causative Factors and Management Strategies

  • Allen R. Huang
  • Louise Mallet

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Allen R. Huang, Louise Mallet
      Pages 3-5
    3. Paula M. Horsley, Allen R. Huang
      Pages 7-11
    4. Nancy E. Mayo, Sabrina M. Figueiredo
      Pages 13-38
  3. Drugs and Falls: Why Are Older People at Risk?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Susan K. Bowles
      Pages 41-54
    3. Louise Mallet
      Pages 55-66
    4. Shirley C. C. Huang, Alan J. Forster
      Pages 75-89
    5. E. Kwan, S. Straus, J. Holroyd-Leduc
      Pages 91-101
  4. Medications Associated with Falls in the Elderly

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Andrea Iaboni, Benoit H. Mulsant
      Pages 105-124
    3. Annemie Somers, Mirko Petrovic
      Pages 125-133
    4. Rebecca L. Salbu, Rosanne M. Leipzig, Fred C. Ko
      Pages 147-160
    5. Louise Mallet
      Pages 161-167
  5. Management of Medication-Related Falls

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Jennifer Greene Naples, Joseph T. Hanlon, Christine M. Ruby, Susan L. Greenspan
      Pages 171-177
    3. Denis Curtin, Stephen Byrne, Denis O’Mahony
      Pages 179-189
    4. Nathalie van der Velde, Tischa J. M. van der Cammen
      Pages 199-211
    5. Allen R. Huang
      Pages 253-261

About this book


Comprising a single repository of knowledge and scientific evidence in the field, this book provides strategies to mitigate fall risk by providing information on the complex interactions between aging processes, co-morbid conditions and prescribed medications in older patients.

Geriatric health is becoming a more prominent issue as the population ages, and balancing the beneficial effects of medication against the potential and real side-effects in these patients involves a deliberate and thoughtful task: physiologic aging, the accumulation of co-morbidities, and the use of drugs to manage various conditions and symptoms generates a unique set of problems for each patient.

Falls are a dreaded event in older people. The event can affect a person in a physical, and psychological manner, resulting in soft tissue and bony injury, fear of falling, and depression. The identification of and reduction in fall risks in older people is a worldwide concern, and reducing the incidence of falls is a ubiquitous quality measure of health care delivery. Heterogeneity amongst older people precludes a single solution. However, physicians and others involved in the care of geriatric patients will benefit from the presented insights into how medication use can be modified to limit its impact as a contributing factor.


Adverse Events Aging Benzodiazepines Drug withdrawal Fall Risk Inappropriate Medications Information Technologies Pharmacology Physiology Polypharmacy Psychotropic Drugs

Editors and affiliations

  • Allen R. Huang
    • 1
  • Louise Mallet
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Ottawa and The Ottawa HospitalHead, Division of Geriatric Medicine University of Ottawa and The Ottawa HospMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Head, Faculty of Pharmacy Université de MontréalUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Adis, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-32302-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-32304-6
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