Falls: applying All Our Health

Public Health England - PHE
Public Health England
Publication date:
04 August 2017


Evidence and guidance for healthcare professionals to assess risks, advise patients and families and preventĀ falls.

Falls and fractures in older people are a costly and often preventable health issue. Reducing falls and fractures is important to maintaining health, wellbeing and independence.

A fall is defined as an event which causes a person to, unintentionally, rest on the ground or lower level, and is not result of a major intrinsic event (such as a stroke) or overwhelming hazard. Having a fall can happen to anyone; it is an unfortunate but normal result of human anatomy. However, falls can become recurrent and result in injuries including head injuries and hip fractures.