Date of Award

Fall 12-11-2020

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Trina Larery

Second Advisor

Jennifer Harris

Third Advisor

Laura Covert


This project set out to evaluate fall prevention interventions for older adults in a rural community. A literature review was performed to identify evidence-based fall prevention programs that could be modified to meet the needs of the community. Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI), the Otago Exercise Program, and Stepping On were selected as the most appropriate fit for the needs of this project. The researcher combined and modified the programs in order to bring the intervention to participants in the community. The modified fall prevention intervention successfully reduced key fall risk factors in the participants that completed the program. Feedback from participants was overall positive with reported interest in continuing the program long term. While there was not enough time to assess long term fall reduction outcomes, the program provides strong evidence that fall prevention interventions would be a beneficial addition to rural communities.

Included in

Nursing Commons