AGEM Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Goldberg, MD, ScM

GAPcare: The Geriatric Acute and Post-Acute Fall Prevention Intervention in the Emergency Department: Preliminary Data.

Goldberg EM, Marks SJ, Ilegbusi A, Resnik L, Strauss DH, Merchant RC.

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Jan;68(1):198-206. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16210. Epub 2019 Oct 17.

PMID: 31621901

Article Summary: Falls are the leading cause for injury-related morbidity and mortality in older adults. Although falls are a research priority for geriatric emergency medicine little is known about optimal emergency department (ED) care for older adults after a fall. In this pilot study, GAPcare-the Geriatric Acute and Post-Acute Fall Prevention Intervention, 110 adults 65 years old and older who presented to one of two urban EDs after a fall were randomized to usual care or a multidisciplinary fall prevention intervention. Intervention patients received care by a team of pharmacists and physical therapists who provided medication therapy management and a fall risk assessment. The data suggest that intervention patients did not have a prolonged ED length of stay and patients, caregivers, and clinicians were highly satisfied with the intervention. This work establishes that fall prevention interventions can be started in the ED without impairing ED operations and patients and caregivers would embrace care directed at preventing recurrent falls.

Short Bio: Dr. Goldberg is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy & Practice at Brown University. She completed her internship, residency, and chief residency at Brown University. She is a graduate of a post-doctoral research fellowship in aging (AHRQ T32) and obtained a Master of Epidemiology in 2017. Her research interests lie at the intersection of aging and emergency medicine. She is the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded fall prevention study for older adults in the emergency department (GAPcare-the Geriatric Acute and Post-Acute Fall Prevention Intervention). She is currently investigating whether the Apple Watch could be used to monitor health and track fall outcomes in older adults.

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