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J Community Health Nurs. 2010 Apr;27(2):84-95. doi: 10.1080/07370011003704958.

The impact of falls and fear of falling on health-related quality of life in Taiwanese elderly.

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Department of Nursing, Kang-Ning Junior College of Medical Care and Management, Community Medicine Research Center and Institute of Public Health, National Yang-Ming University, Shih-Pai 112, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.


This study aimed to investigate the relationship among falls, fear of falling (FOF), and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in elderly people living in the community. The study was a community-based surveillance with residents aged 65 or over in Taipei, Taiwan. Data were collected in face-to-face interviews. Of the 4,056 participants, the prevalence of falls was 13.8% and the prevalence of FOF among women (62.6%) was significantly higher than that among men (46.2%). Adjusted by covariate factors, fear of falling was identified as a major factor related to HRQOL in the elderly and should be emphasized to assist the improvement of HRQOL in geriatrics.

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