Reducing waiting times for cataract surgery is good value-for-money for falls prevention

Friday, August 30th, 2019 | tedla55p | No Comments

Nick Wilson, Matt Boyd, Adeline Kho, Graham Wilson

In an article published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today, we discuss our recent modelling work on expediting cataract surgery in NZ. In this blog we summarise the key findings and make comparisons with other falls prevention interventions.

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What can we learn from Healthy Housing Initiatives? New evidence from the Wellington Well Homes scheme

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 | tedla55p | No Comments

Elinor Chisholm, Nevil Pierse, Cheryl Davies, Philippa Howden-Chapman

We know that poor housing conditions result in ill health for many New Zealanders, and we know which interventions are required to ensure good quality housing that supports health. Healthy Housing Initiatives intervene to improve the homes of kids who are hospitalised for illnesses that could be related to poor housing conditions. In this blog post, we draw on recently published research to gain insights about housing and health, and explore views about the effectiveness of these Ministry of Health-funded programmes.

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Home Modification to Reduce Falls – Appears Cost-Effective in NZ

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 | dayhi34p | 1 Comment

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Dr Nisha Nair, Prof Tony Blakely

We have just published a modelling study on a home safety and modification programme to prevent falls in older people. This work suggests that this intervention could produce considerable health gain and be cost-effective at a health district level in New Zealand. But in this blog we discuss possible implementation options and the desirability of also considering group exercise programmes, which have additional advantages.

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Modifying Homes to Prevent Falls is Very Cost-effective: New NZ Study

Monday, June 13th, 2016 | Kate Sloane | No Comments

Prof Nick Wilson, Dr Giorgi Kvizhinadze, Dr Eamonn Deverall, Prof Tony Blakely

grab-bars-bathroom-1673883106A just published modelling study by the BODE3 Team has reported that “home safety assessment and modification” (e.g., adding hand rails and removing tripping hazards in homes) appears to be a very cost-effective health sector intervention. But even more cost-effective was targeting this intervention to older people with previous injurious falls. In this blog we take a closer look at this intervention and consider what policy-makers, NGOs and citizens might wish to consider doing in response to the evidence.

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