Physiological Profile Assessment (PPA)

Physiological Profile Assessment (PPA)

Predicting a Person's Risk for a Fall

The Physiological Profile Assessment (PPA) assesses falls risk in older adults by measuring impairments most associated with multiple falls.

As we age, our vision, strength, peripheral sensation, and vestibular function tend to decrease which can affect our balance function. Reduced balance and strength increases our risk of falls and fall-related injuries. The PPA can predict falls with 75% accuracy.

The PPA was developed to assess falls risk by measuring key physiological impairments to predict falls in older adults.

The PPA consists of 5 short tests:

The sway measurement tells us about a person's stability and standing balance

Stable Person

Unstable person

The Falls risk assessment report reveals risk factors

Falls risk graph for a 79-year old woman

Falls Prevention Clinic

Did you know CHHM, the University of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute collaborated to start a Falls Prevention Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital? Learn more about the Falls Prevention Clinic. While the PPA is a standard part of the Falls Prevention Clinic, it can also be done in our Mobile Lab.

Learn more about the PPA in Mathew Liston's 2013 paper "Advances in the Assessment and Rehabilitation of Older Adult Fallers". This informative paper also contains a marriage proposal.