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A Comprehensive Assessment of Risk Factors for Falls in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Authors
 Yunchuan (Lucy) Zhao  ;  Jenny Alderden  ;  Bonnie K. Lind  ;  Heejung Kim 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING, Vol.44(10) : 40-48, 2018 
Journal Title
 JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGICAL NURSING 
ISSN
 0098-9134 
Issue Date
2018
Abstract
Falls in community-dwelling older adults are a complicated phenomenon that are attributed to sociodemographic characteristics, health conditions, functional problems, and environmental factors. The current cross-sectional and correlational study aimed to explore comprehensive risk factors for falls in community-dwelling older adults using a nationally representative data file (N = 5,930). Descriptive statistics were used and multiple logistic regression analyses were performed. Study findings showed that homebound or semi-homebound older adults were 50% more likely to experience a fall than non-homebound individuals. Impaired balance was the strongest predictor (odds ratio [OR] = 2.37, p < 0.001), followed by problems moving around in the home. Arthritis (OR = 1.39, p = 0.009) and depression or anxiety (OR = 1.28, p = 0.013) were additional risk factors. Community health or home health nurses need to assess these risk factors when planning fall intervention programs for older adults using evidence-based prevention strategies. [Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(10), 40-48.].
Full Text
https://www.healio.com/nursing/journals/jgn/2018-10-44-10/%7B108735fb-5533-4e58-a6ed-efd361df94ee%7D/a-comprehensive-assessment-of-risk-factors-for-falls-in-community-dwelling-older-adults
DOI
10.3928/00989134-20180913-04
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Heejung(김희정) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3719-0111
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/163708
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