Nursing care for the prevention of falls in the elderly: an integrative review
Objective: To evaluate the evidence available in the literature on nursing care for the prevention of falls among the elderly.
Method: Integrative review from studies published in the period 2005-2015 found in the databases LILACS, PubMed and CINAHL. The combination of the descriptors elderly, accidents from falls and nursing care in English, Portuguese and Spanish languages was used in the search.
Results: Ten studies were selected. The thematic analysis resulted in three categories: health education as a strategy for preventing falls in the elderly, identification of risk factors for the occurrence of falls in the elderly as a strategy for prevention and use of care technologies for the prevention of falls in the elderly.
Conclusion: A greater participation of nursing in the production of research directed to this theme is suggested, from the development of intervention studies that may reveal care to be applied in the different scenarios of caring for the health of the elderly.
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