Key factors influencing implementation of falls prevention exercise programs in the community

Lesley Day, Margaret J. Trotter, Alex Donaldson, Keith D. Hill, Caroline F. Finch

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    The study aim was to evaluate the implementation of group-and home-based exercise falls prevention programs delivered through community health agencies to community-dwelling older people. Interviews with program staff were guided by the Diffusion of Innovations theory. Highly consistent themes emerged for the two types of programs. Both had high overall compatibility, high relative advantage, good observability and high inherent trialability-all factors known to strengthen implementation. The level of complexity and low financial compatibility emerged as the strongest potential inhibitors to program implementation in the context examined. The two main factors contributing to complexity were the need to challenge balance safely across a broad range of capability, and practical considerations associated with program delivery. A range of strategies to provide more technical support for exercise program leaders to tailor balance challenge for exercise program leaders may enhance implementation of falls prevention exercise programs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45-52
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


    • Barriers
    • Community health care
    • Elderly
    • Exercise therapy
    • Facilitators

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