Prevalence and Factors Related to Fear of Falling and Avoidance of Activity in Postmenopausal Women

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/601651
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Poster
Title:
Prevalence and Factors Related to Fear of Falling and Avoidance of Activity in Postmenopausal Women
Author(s):
Ahn, Sukhee
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Alpha Mu
Author Details:
Sukhee Ahn, RN, WHNP, sukheeahn@cnu.ac.kr
Abstract:
Session presented on Friday, July 24, 2015: Purpose: This study was to'identify the prevalence of fear of falling and avoidance activity and'analyze the univariate and multivariate associations between demographic- and health-related variables and levels of fear of falling and avoidance of activity in postmenopausal women with at least mild fear of falling. Methods: Cross-sectional study in 541 postmenopausal women aged from 50 to 64 years was conducted via a stratified convenience sampling. A structured questionnaire was administered to subjects to measure demographic (age, education, living situation), health-related (perceived health status, osteoporosis diagnosed, experience of fall and fracture, and fracture history when fell down) and psychosocial variables (fear of falling, avoidance of activity due to fear of falling, and fall self-efficacy). Chi-squares and t-tests, and logistic regression analyses were performed to identify the associations between the selected correlates and both outcomes. Results: Nineteen percent of the subjects expressed severe fear of falling and 15% were severe level of avoidance of activity. All demographic- and health-related variables were identified as univariate correlates of severe fear of falling; older age, lower education, osteoporosis, and severe fear of falling were of severe level of avoidance of activity. From multivariate analyses, age 55-59, worsened perceived health, and osteoporosis were correlated independently with severe fear of falling. Older age, lower education, severe fear of falling, and lower fall self-efficacy were significant variables for avoidance of activity. Conclusion: In addition to demographic- and health-related variables, level of fear of falling and fall self-efficacy contributed independently to the difference between mild and severe avoidance of activity due to fear of falling. Improved education for osteoporosis and fall prevention is needed to enhance the level of awareness and to reduce fear of falling and avoidance of activity in postmenopausal women, particularly in their early stages of development.
Keywords:
menopause; fear of falling; daily activity
Repository Posting Date:
17-Mar-2016
Date of Publication:
17-Mar-2016 ; 17-Mar-2016
Other Identifiers:
INRC15PST32
Conference Date:
2015
Conference Name:
26th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Description:
Research Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

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dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePosteren
dc.titlePrevalence and Factors Related to Fear of Falling and Avoidance of Activity in Postmenopausal Womenen
dc.contributor.authorAhn, Sukheeen
dc.contributor.departmentAlpha Muen
dc.author.detailsSukhee Ahn, RN, WHNP, sukheeahn@cnu.ac.kren
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/601651-
dc.description.abstractSession presented on Friday, July 24, 2015: Purpose: This study was to'identify the prevalence of fear of falling and avoidance activity and'analyze the univariate and multivariate associations between demographic- and health-related variables and levels of fear of falling and avoidance of activity in postmenopausal women with at least mild fear of falling. Methods: Cross-sectional study in 541 postmenopausal women aged from 50 to 64 years was conducted via a stratified convenience sampling. A structured questionnaire was administered to subjects to measure demographic (age, education, living situation), health-related (perceived health status, osteoporosis diagnosed, experience of fall and fracture, and fracture history when fell down) and psychosocial variables (fear of falling, avoidance of activity due to fear of falling, and fall self-efficacy). Chi-squares and t-tests, and logistic regression analyses were performed to identify the associations between the selected correlates and both outcomes. Results: Nineteen percent of the subjects expressed severe fear of falling and 15% were severe level of avoidance of activity. All demographic- and health-related variables were identified as univariate correlates of severe fear of falling; older age, lower education, osteoporosis, and severe fear of falling were of severe level of avoidance of activity. From multivariate analyses, age 55-59, worsened perceived health, and osteoporosis were correlated independently with severe fear of falling. Older age, lower education, severe fear of falling, and lower fall self-efficacy were significant variables for avoidance of activity. Conclusion: In addition to demographic- and health-related variables, level of fear of falling and fall self-efficacy contributed independently to the difference between mild and severe avoidance of activity due to fear of falling. Improved education for osteoporosis and fall prevention is needed to enhance the level of awareness and to reduce fear of falling and avoidance of activity in postmenopausal women, particularly in their early stages of development.en
dc.subjectmenopauseen
dc.subjectfear of fallingen
dc.subjectdaily activityen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T12:51:49Zen
dc.date.issued2016-03-17-
dc.date.issued2016-03-17en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T12:51:49Zen
dc.conference.date2015en
dc.conference.name26th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationSan Juan, Puerto Ricoen
dc.descriptionResearch Congress 2015 Theme: Question Locally, Engage Regionally, Apply Globally. Held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.en
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