Podiatry Interventions to Prevent Falls in Older People

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Gavin Wylie; Claire Torrens; Pauline Campbell; Helen Frost; Adam Lee Gordon; Hylton B. Menz; Dawn A. Skelton; Frank Sullivan; Miles D. Witham; Jacqui Morris


Age Ageing. 2019;48(3):327-336. 

In This Article


Appendix 1. Example Search Strategy

MEDLINE strategy via OVID platform

  1. Accidental Falls/

  2. (falls or faller*1).tw.

  3. or/1-2

  4. exp Aged/

  5. (senior*1 or elder* or old*).tw.

  6. or/4-5

  7. 3 and 6

  8. randomized controlled trial.pt.

  9. controlled clinical trial.pt.

  10. randomized.ab.

  11. placebo.ab.

  12. drug therapy.fs.

  13. randomly.ab.

  14. trial.ab.

  15. groups.ab.

  16. or/8-15

  17. exp animals/not humans.sh.

  18. 16 not 17

  19. exp PODIATRY/

  20. (Podiatr* or Chiropod* or Footcare or Foot care or Foot-care).tw.

  21. exp Foot Diseases/

  22. exp SHOES/

  23. exp FOOT

  24. exp Toes/

  25. exp FOOT JOINTS

  26. exp Orthotic devices/

  27. exp FOOT ORTHOSES/

  28. (brace* or foot orthos* or foot orthot* or afo or footwear or shoe* or inlay* or insole*).tw.

  29. (Arch support).tw.

  30. (Ankle adj3 foot).tw.

  31. (Lower limb rehabilitat* or Dorsiflexion or Plantarflexion).tw.

  32. or/19-31

  33. Exercise/

  34. (toe* or ankle* or foot).tw.

  35. 33 and 34

  36. 32 or 35

  37. 7 and 18 and 36

Note: Search strategy was adapted from searches published in the Cochrane Database Library [1-3]. The Cochrane Highly Sensitive Search Strategy (CHSSS) for identifying randomised trials in MEDLINE: sensitivity maximising version (2009 revision) as referenced in Chapter and detailed in box 6.4.c of The Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (see Lefebvre 2011 in [4].

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