Walkers with Wheels Versus Walkers Without Wheels for Fall Prevention in Older Adults: A Review of the Comparative Clinical Effectiveness


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Health Technology Review
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Summary with Critical Appraisal
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  1. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of preventing falls in older adults using walkers with wheels versus walkers without wheels?

Key Message

One systematic review was identified regarding the comparative effectiveness of walkers with wheels versus walkers without wheels for fall prevention in older adults. Evidence of limited quality from the systematic review suggested that older patients walking with a non-wheeled frame would cover shorter distances and use more energy than those walking with wheeled frames. The evidence presented in this report should be interpreted with caution based on the limitations and paucity of comparative data.