Factors related to falls among the community-dwelling elderly
Journal, Book or Conference Title
Hu li za zhi The journal of nursing
NLM Title Abbreviation
Hu Li Za Zhi
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.
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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