The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reports that a resource for advancing fall prevention at the state policy level has been designated a “quality tool” by the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ). The toolkit is among the offering on the AHRQ website. The “quality tool” is a product of the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Falls Free Coalition.
The APTA news release notes that the toolkit outlines eight policy goals that will help advocate and establish innovative falls prevention policies and practices in states, organizations, and communities. Each goal is accompanied by suggested policy changes and also includes examples of advances that are possible through education and engagement of key stakeholders.
To view the State Policy Toolkit for Advancing Fall Prevention, visit www.innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx?id=4102. An earlier version of the toolkit, which focused on falls and Medicare, and other fall and fall prevention resources can be accessed by visiting www.apta.org/BalanceFalls.