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JFSF Vol 5, No 2, June 2020, p.42-46

doi: 10.22540/JFSF-05-042


Short Communication

The MOVE.TE Falls Prevention and Management Program: lessons learnt in the Portuguese context

Pedro Maciel Barbosa1,2, Anabela C. Martins3, Paula C. Santos2,4,5, Ricardo Dias6, Paulo Pereira7, Bernardo Pinto8, Rubina Moniz9, Ana C. Casaca10, Rita Silva11, Cristina Melo2,4, Ana L. Silva1, Maria J. Bigode12, Hugo Mendes13, Madalena Gomes da Silva14,15

  1. Local Health Unit of Matosinhos, Matosinhos, Portugal
  2. Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
  3. Politécnico Coimbra, ESTeSC, Fisioterapia, LABINSAÚDE – Laboratório de Investigação em Ciências Aplicadas à Saúde, Politécnico Coimbra, ESTeSC, Portugal
  4. Center for Research in Rehabilitation, School of Health, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal
  5. Centre in Physical Activity, Health and Leisure, Faculty of Sport, University of Porto, Portugal
  6. Physiotherapist, Portugal
  7. ACeS Dão Lafões URAP Dão Lafões, Viseu, Portugal
  8. Clinica Clinigrande, Marinha Grande, Portugal
  9. ACeS Arrábida URAP Palmela, Portugal
  10. ACeS Médio Tejo URAP, Ferreira do Zêzere, Portugal
  11. ACeS Baixo Mondego URAP Figueira da Foz, Portugal
  12. Clínica AJFisio, Amadora/Lisboa, Portugal
  13. Clínica Ludus, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
  14. Department of Physiotherapy, School of Healt, Polytechnic of Setúbal
  15. Centre for Interdisciplinary Applied Research in Health, School of Health, Polytechnic of Setúbal, Portugal

Keywords: Falls prevention, Physiotherapy, Older Adults, Knowledge Translation


MOVE.TE is a non-profit participatory physiotherapy platform that aims at translating knowledge in the field of physiotherapy and developing freely available evidence-based physiotherapy programmes targeting the primary care services of the Portuguese National Health service. A group of volunteer academics and clinicians collaborated at different stages and time points to create the first ever falls prevention and management programme and guidance for Physiotherapy in primary care, in Portugal. This report describes this seven-step process. In spite of many challenges, this project constitutes an example of advocacy in physiotherapy for the promotion of better healthcare for older adults.