PCORI and NIA to Study Prevention of Injuries from Falls in Older Adults

On June 4, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health announced the research team that will work on a five-year, $30 million study on preventing injuries due to falls.

The project will be led by three geriatric experts:

  • Shalender Bhasin, MD, Director of the Research Program in Men’s Health: Aging and Metabolism at Harvard Medical School;
  • Thomas M. Gill, MD, Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Yale Program on Aging at Yale University; and
  • David B. Reuben, MD, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Each of these geriatric experts runs one of the 14 Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers, which are NIA-funded centers of research with expertise on complex geriatric conditions. All 14 Pepper Centers will contribute in some way to the study.

According to a PCORI press release, falls rank among the most common and potentially devastating problems facing the growing population of older adults and their families. In fact, every year, roughly one in three adults over age 65 falls, and as many as 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries, which can lead to further declines in health and loss of independence.

For more information on this study, click here.

For a fact sheet on the study, click here.

Date originally posted: June 13, 2014.