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Course Presenter

Paul G. Shekelle, MD, BS, PhD, MPH

Target Audience

The target audience for this learning activity includes specialists, primary care physicians (PCPs), family medicine physicians, physician assistants, allied health professionals, health educators, case managers, occupational and physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, case managers, and health educators.

Overall Learning Purpose/Goal

The goal of the video is to present information to a variety of health care professionals about available evidence on the benefits and harms of interventions that reduce the incidence of in-facility falls. The video will also convey information about the applicability and limitations of the evidence, as well as provide learners with information about accessing additional resources such as toolkits and other educational materials.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe factors that place a patient at a greater risk of falling.
  2. List the common elements of multicomponent falls prevention interventions.
  3. Summarize the effectiveness of multicomponent in-facility falls prevention interventions.
  4. Describe the most consistently supported themes of implementation for falls prevention programs.

    • For Registered Nurses: Provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families.

Credit Available

  • Case Managers - maximum of 1.0 clock hours
  • Certified Health Education Specialists – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Nurse Practitioners - maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Registered Nurses – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Pharmacists – maximum of 1.0 contact hours
  • Physicians – maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
    • & MOC Part II CME
      • Family Medicine

Faculty & Credentials

Paul G. Shekelle, MD, BS, PhD, MPH
Director, Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica Office

Paul G. Shekelle is a staff physician at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center and has served as director of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center for the RAND Corporation since 1997. He is also a professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. He is widely recognized in the field of guidelines, quality measurement, and evidence-based medicine. Dr. Shekelle has extensive experience in the health care arena and was previously the methodologist for the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]) Low Back Guidelines Panel, and he has participated in a number of other guideline development activities. He is the immediate past chair of the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians.

After receiving a BS in both biology and chemistry at the University of Illinois, Dr. Shekelle earned his MD in 1982 from Duke University. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at UCLA, where he also obtained his MPH in 1989 and his PhD in 1993.


Physician Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Hayes, Inc. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Part II CME Activity
Family Medicine
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") and Association of American Medical Colleges' ("AAMC") joint initiative (ABMS MOC Directory) to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities, Insert Title has met the MOC requirements as a MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) by the following ABMS Member Boards:

Note: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board's general CME requirement (only). Please refer directly to your Member Board's MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.

Pharmacist Continuing Education
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.1 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0809-9999-15-126-H05-P) Type of Activity: Knowledge 

Nursing Continuing Education
This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine. Designated for 0.0 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation Standards of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) through the joint providership of Hayes, Inc. and AHRQ. Hayes, Inc. is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 140928

Certified Health Education Specialists Continuing Education
Sponsored by Hayes, Inc., a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum entry-level continuing education contact hours available are 1.0.

Case Manager Continuing Education
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.

If you have questions about the presentation, please e-mail us at: Educationservices@hayesinc.com.


  • This educational activity has been funded by AHRQ.
  • There has been no outside commercial support for this activity.
  • Presenter(s) and planning committee members have no conflicts of interest, relevant financial relationships, or sponsorships to disclose.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

Criteria for successful completion 

  • Each participant must complete an evaluation and must successfully pass the posttest with a grade of 75% or higher to obtain the CE credit.
  • For Pharmacists: Upon receipt of the completed activity evaluation form, transcript information will be available at www.mycpemonitor.net within 4 weeks

Required Hardware/Software

AHRQ requires a modern web browser (Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome). Certain educational activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of their content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, Windows Media Player, and Real Networks Real One Player.