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Fall prevention in older adults: implementing evidence-based research into clinical practice

Grant number: 20/15182-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2021
Effective date (End): March 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Monica Rodrigues Perracini
Grantee:Renato Barbosa dos Santos
Host Institution: Pró-Reitoria de Pós-Graduação, Pesquisa e Extensão. Universidade Cidade de São Paulo (UNICID). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Fall prevention strategies in the older population are a public health issue. In Brazil, the challenges of implementing evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice, building capacity in the healthcare workforce, will be substantial in the short term. This project will provide a better understanding of the different determinants that involve knowledge translation in low-resources settings. Aim: To identify factors related to the implementation of evidence-based fall prevention strategies into routine clinical practice in fall prevention in a context of low-resources settings. Methods: We will conduct two studies using the Theoretical Domains Framework. Study #1 Scoping review: using the Joanna Brigs Institute (JBI) methodology for conducting scoping reviews, mapping the existing literature on barriers and facilitators for implementing evidence-based fall prevention strategies in low-resources settings; Study #2 Audit survey: a cross-sectional study, using an online questionnaire developed on the SurveyMonkey® platform, investigating the current professional practices, barriers and facilitators of Brazilian physiotherapists regarding falls prevention; Expected impact: Our results will be important in two main aspects: 1. Advancing the scientific comprehension of the determinants mapped into the domains capacity, motivation, and opportunity for implementing fall prevention strategies into clinical practice in a context of low-resources settings; 2. developing implementation strategies for fall prevention in Brazil

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