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Willingness to Change Medications Linked to Increased Fall Risk

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) found that most older adults were unaware of potential fall risks associated with medications prescribed to address pain, difficulty sleeping, mood or sadness, or anxiety or nervousness. However, most were willing to change their medication if recommended by a healthcare provider.



  • Haddad YK, Karani MV, Bergen G, Marcum ZA. Willingness to Change Medications Linked to Increased Fall Risk: A Comparison between Age Groups. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), December 2018,
  • Johnston YA, Bergen G, Bauer M, Parker EM, Wentworth L, McFadden M, Reome C, Garnett M. Implementation of the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries Initiative (STEADI) in Primary Care:  An Outcome Evaluation. Gerontologist (GERONT), 2018.
  • Stevens JA, Lee R. The Potential to Reduce Falls and Avert Costs by Clinically Managing Fall Risk. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM). Am J Prev Med 2018;55(3):290-297.
  • Haddad YK, Bergen G, Luo F. Reducing Fall Risk in Older Adults. The American Journal of Nursing (AJN). July 2018; 118(7):21-22. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000541429.36218.2d
  • Haddad YK, Bergen G, Florence CS. Estimating the Economic Burden Related to Older Adult Falls by State. The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice (JPHMP), May 2018, DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000816
  • Florence CS, Bergen G, Atherly A, Burns ER, Stevens JA, Drake C. Medical Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Falls in Older Adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2018 March, DOI:10.1111/jgs.15304














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