Concurrent Sessions

D3 Falls Prevention in Primary Care: Assessment to Intervention

Theme 3. Strengthening collaboration within the interprofessional team

Presentation Details

  • Date: 10/18/2016
  • Concurrent Session D
  • Time: 9:30am – 10:15am
  • Room: Harbour A
  • Style: Panel Discussion (in addition to providing information, panelists interact with one another to explore/debate a topic)
  • Focus: Practical (e.g. Presentation on how to implement programs and/or practices in the team environment)
  • Target Audience: Leadership (ED, clinical lead, board chair, board member, etc.), Clinical providers, Administrative staff

Learning Objectives

The role of primary care within a population based approach is essential to improving the health and wellbeing of older adults.

  1. Learn about best practices for falls risk screen, assessment and intervention among older adults. How best practices were adapted and integrated into an algorithm for the EMR and a tablet based patient completed falls risk screen
  2. How patient centered screening has led to optimizing access and fostering collaboration within the interprofessional team
  3. The impact of strong collaborative work with six family health teams and the Stay on Your Feet initiative in the NELHIN


The falls prevention risk screen algorithm that was integrated into the EMR is able to identify older adult patients for high risk screen (% YTD). Patient completed screen on the tablet has helped to establish falls prevention screening into the teams current work flow. The falls prevention screen and assessment process has helped to optimize access to the interprofessional team. The falls prevention assessment is ensuring that patients are being seen by the right care provider within the team. The strong collaboration with the 6 family health teams and the SOYF partner has helped to spread change in falls prevention screening and assessment throughout the Northeastern Ontario.


  • Shirley Watchorn, Executive Director, Great Northern FHT
  • Ellen Ibey, Executive Director, Temagami FHT
  • Meghan Peters, Quality Improvement Decision Support Specialist, City of Lakes FHT

Authors & Contributors

  • Wendy Carew
  • Lorna Desmarasis