Intervention Review

Exercise for improving balance in older people

  1. Tracey E Howe1,*,
  2. Lynn Rochester2,
  3. Fiona Neil3,
  4. Dawn A Skelton4,
  5. Claire Ballinger5

Editorial Group: Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group

Published Online: 9 NOV 2011

Assessed as up-to-date: 1 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004963.pub3

How to Cite

Howe TE, Rochester L, Neil F, Skelton DA, Ballinger C. Exercise for improving balance in older people. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD004963. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004963.pub3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Glasgow City of Science, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

  2. 2

    Newcastle University, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

  3. 3

    Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS, Community Falls Prevention Programme, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

  4. 4

    Glasgow Caledonian University, The Scottish Centre for Evidence Based Care of Older People: a Collaborating Centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute, Glasgow, UK

  5. 5

    NIHR Research Design Service South Central, Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

*Tracey E Howe, Glasgow City of Science, 13 The Square, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8QQ, UK.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: Edited (no change to conclusions), comment added to review
  2. Published Online: 9 NOV 2011


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