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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156839
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Related Factors and Outcome of Falls in the Elderly
Abstract:
Related Factors and Outcome of Falls in the Elderly
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:June, 2001
Author:Lausawatchaikul, Pensri
P.I. Institution Name:Ramathibodi University
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the fall-related factors and the outcome of falls in community-dwelling elders. Design: A descriptive correlational design was used. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: The subjects comprised one hundred and three elderly, who came to the Emergency Room and Orthopedic Out Patients Department at Ramathibodi Hospital, for examination and/or follow up after falls from January to May 1999. The inclusion criteria were as follows: a) age 60 and over, b) fall within 6 months, c) volunteer to participate in the study, and d) be able to understand and speak Thai. Concept or Variables Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variables: Intrinsic factors (age, sex, underlying disease, number of medications, confusion, performance of activities of daily living), extrinsic factors (place, time, activities at the time of fall), outcome of fall (type of injury, severity of injury, feelings about performing activities of daily living). Methods: Data were collected by a structured interview, and other relevant data form medical records. Findings: The results showed that women demonstrated a higher percentage of fall then man. The majority of falls took place in and around the patients’ homes, in which the bathroom was the most common location of the incident. The main causes of falls were extrinsic factors, of which slipping was the most frequently reported. The results may imply that the characteristics of floor design and bathroom style in Thai home are not suitable and safe for the elderly. Fractures were the most common injuries of falls. In addition to the physical impact, there were emotional impacts resulting from falls. The factors related to severity of injury were activity at the time of falls and number of falls in the past six months. Implications: The results provide several important considerations for reducing the risk factors or preventing repeated falls of the elderly. The results were also useful in developing an educational program for prevention of falls and the reduction of risk factors for the elderly, caregivers, health care providers, and the community at large. Besides physical impact, there are emotional impacts from falling. Therefore, treatment of the Psychological and functional consequences of falls should be of high concern from health care providers.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jun-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRelated Factors and Outcome of Falls in the Elderlyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156839-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Related Factors and Outcome of Falls in the Elderly</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">June, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Lausawatchaikul, Pensri</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Ramathibodi University</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the fall-related factors and the outcome of falls in community-dwelling elders. Design: A descriptive correlational design was used. Population, Sample, Setting, Years: The subjects comprised one hundred and three elderly, who came to the Emergency Room and Orthopedic Out Patients Department at Ramathibodi Hospital, for examination and/or follow up after falls from January to May 1999. The inclusion criteria were as follows: a) age 60 and over, b) fall within 6 months, c) volunteer to participate in the study, and d) be able to understand and speak Thai. Concept or Variables Studied Together or Intervention and Outcome Variables: Intrinsic factors (age, sex, underlying disease, number of medications, confusion, performance of activities of daily living), extrinsic factors (place, time, activities at the time of fall), outcome of fall (type of injury, severity of injury, feelings about performing activities of daily living). Methods: Data were collected by a structured interview, and other relevant data form medical records. Findings: The results showed that women demonstrated a higher percentage of fall then man. The majority of falls took place in and around the patients&rsquo; homes, in which the bathroom was the most common location of the incident. The main causes of falls were extrinsic factors, of which slipping was the most frequently reported. The results may imply that the characteristics of floor design and bathroom style in Thai home are not suitable and safe for the elderly. Fractures were the most common injuries of falls. In addition to the physical impact, there were emotional impacts resulting from falls. The factors related to severity of injury were activity at the time of falls and number of falls in the past six months. Implications: The results provide several important considerations for reducing the risk factors or preventing repeated falls of the elderly. The results were also useful in developing an educational program for prevention of falls and the reduction of risk factors for the elderly, caregivers, health care providers, and the community at large. Besides physical impact, there are emotional impacts from falling. Therefore, treatment of the Psychological and functional consequences of falls should be of high concern from health care providers.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T15:11:21Z-
dc.date.issued2001-06en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T15:11:21Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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