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Table 2 Reasons for not providing fall preventive care to frail older patients

From: Falls prevention at GP practices: a description of daily practice

Reason for not providing fall preventive care All male patients All female patients Male patients with FH and/or FOF Female patients with FH and/or FOF
1. No high fall risk 157 242 15 38
2. Both agree on high fall risk, but patient beliefs treatment is too intense/too much of a hassle 63 153 49 121
3. GP diagnoses high risk but patient does not acknowledge this 48 77 23 41
4. GP forgot/had no time to discuss fall prevention with the patient 10 37 4 25
5. GP explained that diagnosis of the high fall risk still ongoing 14 21 2 2
6. Patient was too sick/weak for treatment according to GP 14 19 8 10
7. Patient was in or going to a hospital/health care facility/rehabilitation center and therefore will receive care from other health care professionals 12 16 9 12
8. Patient has or had already received fall preventive care 9 17 7 14
9. Patient has other health issues with higher priority 6 14 4 5
10. Patient is barely/not mobile and therefore treatment is not necessary/possible 5 12 0 6
11. Patient has dementia 5 11 3 8
12. Treatment costs are too high 5 6 4 4
13. Othera 16 32 12 23
14. Unclear 15 22 5 15
  1. Note. GPs could give more than one reason for not providing fall preventive care
  2. aRemaining (reasons given regarding ≤10 patients for each category): according to the GP there is no improvement possible by providing fall preventive care, patient has already aids (e.g. walker, personal alarm), the patient passed away, the fall of the patient was a single event, the patient takes own measures to reduce fall risk, and 15 singular reasons