Closing the gap: a research agenda to accelerate the adoption and effective use of proven older adult fall prevention strategies

J Safety Res. 2011 Dec;42(6):427-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2010.12.002. Epub 2011 Oct 31.


Introduction: To make an impact on the public's health, evidence-based interventions must be disseminated broadly, supported by training and technical assistance, adopted widely, and implemented as designed. Many effective older adult fall prevention interventions have been identified, but too few have gained wide community acceptance and little is known about the best ways to encourage their broader use. Therefore, as in many other fields, fall prevention suffers from a wide gap between scientific discoveries and their everyday use.

Method: This article articulates the key activities embedded in Step 4 of the public health model-specifically translation and dissemination to ensure widespread adoption and use-in order to illuminate critical research needs in older adult fall prevention.

Conclusions: These needs, if addressed, will help close the gap between research and practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention*
  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Health Priorities
  • Humans
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Public Health Practice*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical*
  • United States