The aim of this taxonomy is to classify and describe studies which use Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices to detect falls, monitor or promote movement-related function and physical activity in fall prevention.

The taxonomy is designed for two purposes:

  1. To characterise and classify technology-enabled interventions - such as those published in the literature. It is hoped that this will achieve easier comparison of technologies.
  2. To encourage authors of new interventions to report the intervention in such a way that it can be replicated and understood by others.

Tips on using the taxonomy

The taxonomy is divided into five domains. Within each domain there are further sub-domains, and then finally within in each sub-domain, a further breakdown of categories. This site offers a tool to navigate the domains, and to easily find the terms that better characterise a study or a paper.

Domains ==> Sub-domain ==> Category

The taxonomy is a balance between detailed description and a more reductionist approach. Occasionally it may be difficult to find an exact sub-domain or category for the intervention you are detailing. This is most likely to occur beyond the sub-domain level. Our advice is to select the domains, sub-domains, and categories which best describe the intervention. In each sub-domain there is an section marked "other" which allows you to enter any interventions that you cannot classify under the sub-domains currently available.

It is also important to recognise that the taxonomy has been designed for international comparison. For example, we have used the International Classification for Health Accounts (ICHA) developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to classify organisations who deliver healthcare. We would encourage you to fit your situation into this classification as best you can.

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