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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 May 2007

John Davison*
Royal Victoria Infirmary and University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Sarah Marrinan
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Address for correspondence: J Davison, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4LP, UK.


In the context of an aging population, the importance of falls and their prevention has arguably never been greater. Both injurious and non-injurious falls are a frequent occurrence resulting in potentially devastating physical and social consequences. In recent years, there has been a marked expansion in falls research, meta-analysis, and local and national management guidelines, reflecting increased multidisciplinary professional and public awareness of falls.

Clinical geriatrics
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