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Rehabil Nurs. 2004 Nov-Dec;29(6):207-10.

Fear of falling in older adults: a guide to its prevalence, risk factors, and consequences.

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James A. Haley VA Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, VISN 8, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.


Fear of falling, defined as a lack of self-confidence that one may avoid falls while doing everyday activities, may have serious consequences for elderly people. This article examines the prevalence, risk factors, and consequences of fear of falling in the elderly population; methods for assessing those fears; and suggests evidence-based interventions. Incorporating successful strategies into programs to reduce falling can result in improved patient outcomes as well as decreased healthcare utilization and costs.

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