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Fall Risk and Its Associated Factors among Older Adults without Home-Help Services in a Swedish Municipality

Hammarlund, Catharina Sjödahl LU ; Hagell, Peter and Westergren, Albert (2016) In Journal of Community Health Nursing 33(4). p.181-189
Abstract

During preventive home visits, the purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence of fall risk and any associated factors. Participants (n = 1471) were cognitively sound community-dwelling older adults (≥ 70 years) without home-help service, living in a Swedish municipality. The Downton Fall Risk Index and nine single items were used. Tiredness/fatigue, age ≥ 80, inability to walk 1 hr, inability to climb stairs and worrying were significantly associated with fall risk. Preventive home visits incorporating fall-risk screening proved valuable, providing information for interventions aimed at preventing falls, maintaining independence, and facilitating health among community dwelling participants.

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10.1080/07370016.2016.1227211
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  author       = {Hammarlund, Catharina Sjödahl and Hagell, Peter and Westergren, Albert},
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  language     = {eng},
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  number       = {4},
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  series       = {Journal of Community Health Nursing},
  title        = {Fall Risk and Its Associated Factors among Older Adults without Home-Help Services in a Swedish Municipality},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07370016.2016.1227211},
  volume       = {33},
  year         = {2016},
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