Study suggests 31 percent falls reduction rate for people with home modifications

Study suggests 31 percent falls reduction rate for people with home modifications

The RCT occurred in the Wellington and Taranaki regions of New Zealand and enrolled owner-occupied households with a minimum of one Māori occupant. According to the study, Māori people deal with health inequalities, so the study desired to explore whether inexpensive house modifications can help this population, make their homes much safer to reside in, and decrease health inequalities.

Occupants were similarly divided and randomly appointed to either the intervention group, who received house modifications right away (126 families), or the control group, who got the modifications three years later on (128 families). The intervention group adaptations consisted of installing assistive technologies such grab rails for bathrooms and hand rails for outside steps.

A randomised controlled trial (RCT) in New Zealand has actually checked out how efficient house modifications remain in helping prevent succumbs to occupants.

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Affordable house modifications, according to the RCT, in avoiding fall injuries in for Māori homes were valued at approximately ₤ 300 (NZ$ 575), making them a “extremely cost-effective” intervention.

The study– Home modifications to prevent house fall injuries in houses with Māori residents (MHIPI): a randomised controlled trial– was released in September 2021 in The Lancet. Read the complete RCT here.

After modification for previous falls and geographical area, there was an estimated 31 percent reduction in the rate of fall injuries at home each year exposed to the intervention compared to households in the control group. The RCT suggests that low-priced home modifications can be a reliable means to lower fall injury disparities.


The research study authors think that the package of modifications that made up the intervention in this research study might feasibly be rolled out nationally in New Zealand, subsidised to some degree by main government.

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