Feasibility of interdisciplinary community-based fall risk screening

Sharon J. Elliott, Andrada Ivanescu, Natalie E. Leland, Jennifer Fogo, Jane A. Painter, Leonard G. Trujillo

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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 communitydwelling 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Accident prevention
  • Accidental falls
  • Adaptation, psychological
  • Community health services
  • Postural balance
  • Risk

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