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Falls take the lives of 684 000 people each year and 172 million more people experience disabilities arising from a fall annually. Falls represent a significant and rapidly growing global public health problem. Fall-related deaths have risen far faster than any other type of injury over the last twenty years. Factors which account for this increase include ageing populations and patterns of urbanization.

For healthcare professionals working with vulnerable older adults at increased fracture risk due to osteoporosis, falls prevention assessment and decreasing falls risk is of paramount importance.

The comprehensive new WHO report 'Step safely: strategies for preventing and managing falls across the life-course' provides concrete recommendations for evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage falls for children and adolescents, workers, and older people. Importantly, it includes recommendations for older people in three settings (home, residential care facilities, hospitals).

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