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Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Mar-Apr;66(2):161-8. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.002444.

Feasibility of interdisciplinary community-based fall risk screening.

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Therapeutic Life Center, PO Box 2163, Greenville, NC 27836, USA. sjelliottotr@embarqmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This pilot study examined the feasibility of (1) conducting interdisciplinary fall risk screens at a communitywide adult fall prevention event and (2) collecting preliminary follow-up data from people screened at the event about balance confidence and home and activity modifications made after receiving educational information at the event.

METHOD:

We conducted a pilot study with pre- and posttesting (4-mo follow-up) with 35 community-dwelling adults ≥55 yr old.

RESULTS:

Approximately half the participants were at risk for falls. Most participants who anticipated making environmental or activity changes to reduce fall risk initiated changes (n = 8/11; 72.7%) during the 4-mo follow-up period. We found no significant difference in participants' balance confidence between baseline (median = 62.81) and follow-up (median = 64.06) as measured by the Activities-specific Balance Confidence scale.

CONCLUSION:

Conducting interdisciplinary fall risk screens at an adult fall prevention event is feasible and can facilitate environmental and behavior changes to reduce fall risk.

PMID:
22394525
DOI:
10.5014/ajot.2012.002444
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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