A resource for advancing falls prevention at the state policy level has been designated a "quality tool" by the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and included among offerings on the AHRQ website. The toolkit is a product of the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) Falls Free Coalition, whose members include APTA.
The toolkit outlines 8 policy goals that will help advocates establish innovative falls prevention policies and practices in states, communities, and organizations. Each goal is accompanied by suggested policy changes, and includes examples of advances that are possible through education and engagement of key stakeholders.
APTA is a member of the Falls Free Coalition responsible for creating the toolkit, and APTA member Bonita L. Beattie, PT, was instrumental in the development of the resource.
An earlier version of the toolkit (.pdf) focused on falls and Medicare, along with many other resources on falls and falls prevention, can be accessed at APTA's Balance and Falls webpage.
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