Falls are a significant and rapidly growing public health problem. It is estimated that 37.3 million falls require medical attention and more than 684,000 fall-related deaths occur globally each year.1 Falls occur across the lifespan, but they are a well-documented issue for older adults, and the rising rate of falls is associated with the aging population. Falls occur in a range of settings, and there is a substantial body of evidence investigating fall prevention and detection in both community dwelling adults and in adult hospital inpatients. This article is one of two editorials published in an issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis which coincides with World Evidence-Based Healthcare Day, 20 October 2021. This issue includes a variety of systematic and scoping reviews related to eHealth and technology across a range of settings.
COOPER, K., ALEXANDER, L. and SWINTON, P. 2021. SMART technologies: the challenges and potential for addressing falls. JBI evidence synthesis [online], 19(10), pages 2476-2477. Available from: https://doi.org/10.11124/JBIES-21-00325