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ProFouND

Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination

Programme: Competitiveness and innovation framework programme (CIP) ICT PSP GA no. 325087
Duration: 01/03/2013 – 29/02/2016 (36 months)

Description

The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) is a thematic network working with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing to bring about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe.
ProFouND comprises 21 partners from 12 countries, with associate members from 10 countries.
ProFouND aims to influence policy to increase awareness of falls and innovative prevention programmes amongst health and social care authorities, the commercial sector, NGOs and the general public in order to disseminate the work of the network to target groups across EU.

Scope and objectives

Specifically ProFouND’s objective was to embed evidence based fall prevention programmes for elderly people at risk of falls by using novel ICT and effective training programmes in at least 10 countries/15 regions by 2015 to facilitate widespread implementation. ProFouND achieved this in three main ways:

  1. First, by collating evidence-based resources to inform the development and content of a novel state-of-the-art online web-based expert system; the ProFouND Falls Prevention Application (PFPApp). The PFPApp enables the creation of tailored, customised, up-todate best practice guidance, that can be context and individual specific.
  2. Second, ProFouND, in collaboration with Later Life Training, provided a cascade model training programme using face to face and e-learning approaches to create a cadre of accredited exercise trainers across Europe to implement exercise regimens that have been proven to reduce falls amongst older people. The idea here is that once trained, these trainers would then in turn train instructors to deliver classes directly to people who need this kind of intervention.
  3. Third, ProFouND also created an “ICT for Falls Forum” to identify evidence based solutions that can help reduce falls and engage with industry to promote development and adoption of these solutions. This forum run events and reach out to promote MHealth capabilities and European competitiveness in the sector.

ECHAlliance role

ECHAlliance has been leading the WP7 “ICT and Technology for Falls Forum”.

Consortium

University of Manchester (UK), Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe in Österreich (AT), Robert Bosch Gesellschaft für medizinische Forschung mbH (DE), Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ES), Instituto de Biomecanica de Valencia (ES), Fundacio Salut i Envelliment (ES), Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (FI), National Center for Scientific Research “”Demokritos” (GR), Technologiko Ekpedeftiko Idrima Stereas Elladas (GR), Osteoporosis Betegek Magyarorszagi Egyesulete (HU), Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura per Anziani INRCA (IT), Stichting Consument En Veiligheid (NL), Achmea BV (NL), EUROSAFE – The European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (NL), Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU (NO), Regionforbundet Vasterbottens Lan (SE), Connected Health Alliance CIC (UK), The Glasgow Caledonian University (UK), Later Life Training Limited (UK).

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