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SMART technologies: the challenges and potential for addressing falls.

Cooper, Kay; Alexander, Lyndsay; Swinton, Paul



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:

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Oct 14, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 14, 2021
Publication Date Oct 31, 2021
Deposit Date Oct 19, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 15, 2022
Journal JBI Evidence Synthesis
Print ISSN 2689-8381
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 10
Pages 2476-2477
Keywords Fall; Older adults; SMART technologies; Prevention: detection
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