JAMDA Wins National Award

January 24, 2019

JAMDA, the monthly journal of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, won the 2018 Gold Mather LifeWays Innovative Research on Aging Award for an article—Sex Differences in the Circumstances Leading to Falls: Evidence From Real-Life Falls Captured on Video in Long-Term Care—that appeared in the February 2018 issue. The award is given to the paper that is felt to have the greatest potential to improve aging services.

The researchers (Yijian Yang, MD, PhD; Kimberley S. van Schooten, PhD; Joanie Sims-Gould, PhD; Fabio Feldman, PhD; and Stephen N. Robinovitch, PhD) examined video recordings from the common areas of two long-term care communities over a nine-year period. The fallers included 298 female residents and 231 male residents with an average age of 83.

The researchers examined the cause of the fall, how it was influenced by the type of activity being engaged in, and whether gender played a role. The most common activity was walking and was more likely to occur in women (40.3%) than men (29.2%). Other activities included standing and sitting down/lowering. Based on the results, the researchers recommended offering customized exercise programs based on gender and promoting safer wheelchair transfers.

“The fact that a JAMDA publication won this award—which recognizes applied research with important implications for the care of older adults—underscores that the work published in JAMDA is of the highest quality and of relevance to post-acute and long-term care, and gaining the attention of provider organizations,” says Editors-in-Chief Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, and Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD. “The work by Dr. Yang and colleagues is especially interesting in light of their methods of understanding the cause of falls, and of importance given their findings of how the cause of falls differ by gender.

Read the article here. A second article, Use of a Robotic Seal as a Therapeutic Tool to Improve Dementia Symptoms: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial, from the September 2017 issue was a runner-up. To set up an interview with Philip Sloane and Sheryl Zimmerman, please email emullally@paltc.org.




JAMDA is the official journal of AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. JAMDA publishes peer-reviewed articles including original studies, reviews, clinical experience articles, case reports, and more, on all topics more important to post-acute and long-term care medicine. Visit www.jamda.com for more information.

About the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine
AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is the only medical specialty society representing the community of over 50,000 medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other practitioners working in the various post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) settings. Dedicated to defining and improving quality, we advance our mission through timely professional development, evidence-based clinical guidance, and tireless advocacy on behalf of members, patients, families, and staff. Visit www.paltc.org for more information.