Primary care-relevant interventions that include physical therapy can reduce falling among community-dwelling older adults, say authors of a systematic review published in the December 20, 2010, issue (Vol 153 No 12) of Annals of Internal Medicine.

The reviewers evaluated research published in 2003 and researched databases from the end of that review’s search date to February 2010 to identify additional English-language trials.

3,423 abstracts and 638 articles were screened to identify research of primary care-relevant interventions among community-dwelling older adults who reported falls or fallers as an outcome.

Evaluating exercise or physical therapy, interventions reduced falling between 81% & 94%.