Evidence-Informed Implementation of Fall Prevention Initiatives

To ensure that evidence is moved into practice and policy, ONF has identified several areas of focus for evidence-informed implementation. In neurotrauma prevention, ONF is focusing on fall prevention with a specific focus on older adults. This population in Ontario has some of the highest rates of fall-related injuries experienced by any age group.

An Integrated Approach to Fall Prevention

In September, 2010, the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) CEOs and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care deemed fall prevention a priority for the Healthy Communities, Healthy Seniors agenda. As a result, an Integrated Falls Prevention Framework and Toolkit was developed in 2011 by the leadership of the LHIN Collaborative and its Mobilization Committee.

This framework and toolkit  provides a consistent and coordinated approach to preventing falls across the province. 

ONF was an original member of the Mobilization Committee, and given its expertise in using implementation science, ONF is well-positioned to support the regional and local dissemination and implementation of these research findings in health care and community settings.

ONF Implementation and Support Services

The purpose of ONF implementation supports and services is to assist the work of regional and local groups and organizations to implement successful and sustainable evidence-informed interventions that reduce the incidence of neurotrauma. To this effect, ONF works with interested Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), organizations and practitioners by providing implementation supports in the form of webinars, presentations, tools, coaching and consultations to encourage effective implementation processes.

ONF follows principles of Implementation Science along with knowledge of other implementation approaches to guide its work. To learn more about one of the approaches to Implementation Science used by ONF check out the the National Implementation Research Network.

For more information contact the ONF Neurotrauma Prevention team members: