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Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Christine Chang, MD
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This product uses a case based format to teach learners how to evaluate, treat and manage falls in older community dwelling adults.

Educational objectives: 

By the conclusion of this talk, learner will be able to:

  1. List 5 potentially modifiable risk factors for falls in older community dwelling adults.
  2. Conduct a physical exam specific to falls, including a gait assessment.
  3. Discuss 5 evidenced-based interventions that can reduce future falls.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

This session should be taught in a small group setting (up to 12 participatns). The lecturer should feel comfortable demonstrating formal gait assessment using assistive devices (e.g. walker, cane).

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No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 5:54pm
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Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:34am
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Friday, March 30, 2018 - 11:21am
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Christine Chang, MD

Suggested Citation:
Dr. Christine Chang. Falls. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2008 Available from:


Submitted by factora on

The case was very useful in highlighting risk factors for falls and reviewing areas of physical examination to focus on during a falls evaluation. Content and format very amenable to small group discussion for all levels of learners, and case discussion held more attention than a didactic presentation.