Implementation & Evaluation
The STEADI initiative offers a coordinated approach to implementing the American and British Geriatrics Societies’ Clinical Practice Guideline external iconfor fall prevention. STEADI consists of three core elements:
- Screen patients for fall risk,
- Assess modifiable risk factors, and
- Intervene to reduce risk by using effective clinical and community strategies.
Combined, these elements can have a substantial impact on reducing falls, improving health outcomes, and reducing healthcare expenditures.
To help you implement and evaluate the use of these three core elements in your clinical workflow, STEADI offers two resources.
The Coordinated Care Plan to Prevent Older Adult Falls offers healthcare providers, practices, and systems a framework for implementing a STEADI-based clinical fall prevention program to manage their older patients’ fall risk. This plan offers practical suggestions on how to assess a clinic’s readiness to address falls, identify a fall prevention champion, train staff, and work within the existing clinic workflow to incorporate the fall prevention program, thereby, reducing falls among community-dwelling older adults.
Use the Building Clinical Strategies to STEADI Your Older Patients ppt icon[PPT – 3 MB] slide deck to help inform healthcare administrators about the importance of a STEADI-based fall prevention program.
The CDC STEADI: Evaluation Guide for Older Adult Clinical Fall Prevention Programs describes key steps for measuring and reporting on the success of a STEADI-based clinical fall prevention program. Evaluating STEADI-based programs can help providers and organizations increase the quality of care provided to their older patients, streamline implementation, demonstrate program-related successes, identify areas for improvement, and prioritize future needs (e.g., budget).