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Patient Outcomes – Other Outcomes

Preventing Fall Related Injuries In Older Adults (Stride Study)

  • Investigator at JHU:      Albert Wu, MD, MPH
  • Funder:                           PCORI / National Institute on Aging
  • Status:                             Ongoing

Each year, 1 out of 3 adults aged 65 and over falls. A third of those falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to further declines in health and loss of independence. Thousands of older adults die each year from such falls as well. To find effective, evidence-based strategies to address the personal and public health burden of these falls, the NIH and PCORI have joined to support a multi-site clinical trial to test individually-tailored interventions to prevent fall-related injuries. STRIDE is a randomized effectiveness trial of a multi-pronged strategy to provide older adults with individually tailored, evidence-based care plans. The study’s approach differs from others in that it integrates proven falls reduction strategies into a cohesive intervention that can be adopted by many health care systems.  The intervention is primarily delivered by a Falls Care Manager, a specially trained nurse who evaluates patients, develops care plans with them and coordinates implementation of those plans.

The STRIDE Study engages patients and other key stakeholders throughout the research process. Patients and other stakeholders have worked alongside the investigators in the preparation of this study through committee’s and work groups, and continue to be engaged throughout the STRIDE Study’s implementation. The Local Patient and Stakeholder Councils are partnerships among the research team, patient/family advisors and various strategic stakeholders at each of the ten STRIDE sites including Johns Hopkins Medicine. These Councils are designed to incorporate the perspective of patient and family lived experiences into study planning and implementation at each the clinical trial site.