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Aust N Z J Public Health. 2000 Dec;24(6):633-6.

Accidents in older people living at home: a community-based study assessing prevalence, type, location and injuries.

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Hunter Centre for Health Advancement, Locked Bag 10, Wallsend, New South Wales 2287. scarter@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess the prevalence, type, location of and injuries from home accidents, including falls and other accidents, and to explore whether variables including socio-demographic characteristics, medication use and home hazards were associated with all home accidents and falls.

METHOD:

657 older people were interviewed about accidents in the previous four weeks. For a subsample (n = 425), a home hazard check was completed.

RESULTS:

Of the 101 accidents reported, 51% (n = 51) were falls and 50% (n = 50) were other accidents. The most common location for all accidents was outside (30%). Most resulted in minor injury to the legs (43%) or arms (39%). Medical treatment was sought for 14% of accidents. Having more than five hazards and infrequent home visits by healthcare providers were associated with having at least one accident and at least one fall. Use of a walking aid was also associated with falling.

CONCLUSION:

Rates of falls and other accidents are considerable.

IMPLICATIONS:

Work is required to confirm the importance of the relationships suggested and to provide data on the burden of injury associated with non-fall accidents.

PMID:
11215016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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