ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe) is a thematic network funded by the European Commission. This network brings together scientists, clinicians and other health professionals from across Europe to focus on four main topics (taxonomy and co-ordination of trials, clinical assessment and management of falls, assessment of balance function, and psychological aspects of falls). There are 24 members across Europe as well as Network Associates who contribute expertise at workshops and meetings. ProFaNE, a 4-year project which started in January 2003, aims to improve and standardise Healthcare processes by introducing and promoting good practice throughout Europe. ProFaNE has its own website (http://www.profane.eu.org) and undertakes workshops to bring together experts and observers involved in specific topics to exchange knowledge, expertise and resources on interventions to reduce falls. The present article discusses ProFaNE's achievements to date and the work in progress to achieve good clinical practice and research into the prevention of falls across Europe.
- Fall-related injuries
- Interdisciplinary interventions