Title

Factors related to falls among the community-dwelling elderly

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

6-1-2008

Journal, Book or Conference Title

Hu li za zhi The journal of nursing

NLM Title Abbreviation

Hu Li Za Zhi

PubMed ID

18543184

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate falls among community elderly and the factors related thereto. The cross-sectional method was utilized in this study. A sample of 118 subjects aged 65 and over completed structured questionnaires and balance tests. Forty participants (34%) had fallen once or more in the past. Multivariate logistic regression showed that incidents of falls were significantly related to general perceived health status (OR=0.938, 95% confidence interval [CI]=0.900-0.997), one legged stance with eyes closed (OR=0.788, 95% CI=0.626-0.933), and mobility (OR=1.184, 95% CI=1.026-1.367). Falling is a major health risk for older adults. Health professionals can therefore develop fall preventive programs with a focus on monitoring perceived health status, dynamic balance, and mobility ability, and interventions that are associated with these factors.

Keywords

Accidental Falls, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Humans, Male, Postural Balance

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in Hu li za zhi The journal of nursing, 55:3 (2008) pp.39-48.

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/935