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Prevalence and Risk Factors for Falls in an Older Community-Dwelling Population

Prevalence and Risk Factors for Falls in an Older Community-Dwelling Population Background . Falls are responsible for considerable morbidity, immobility, and mortality among elderly people. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of falls and related intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors in a community-dwelling older population. Methods . An observational study was performed on all patients ( N = 5570) admitted from 1997 to 2001 to home care programs in 19 home health agencies that participated in the National Silver Network project in Italy. Patient evaluation was performed through the Minimum Data Set–Home Care (MDS-HC) instrument. Results . A 35.9% falls prevalence was found within 90 days of the patient assessment through the MDS-HC instrument. After adjusting for all potential confounding factors, the logistic regression showed a high increase in risk of falling for those patients who wandered (odds ratio (OR) 2.38; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.81–3.12) or suffered with gait problems (OR 2.13; 95% CI 1.81–2.51). Patients affected by depression were more likely to fall (OR 1.53; 95% CI 1.36–1.73). Those who lived in an unsafe place with environmental hazards had an increase in the risk of falling (OR 1.51; 95% CI 1.34–1.69). The associations of main risk factors for falls were also evaluated. Conclusions . Rate of falls among frail elderly people living in the community is very high and frequently correlates with potentially reversible factors. To identify those with higher falling risk, home care staff and general practitioners could use the MDS-HC assessment tool. 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Abstract

Background . Falls are responsible for considerable morbidity, immobility, and mortality among elderly people. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of falls and related intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors in a community-dwelling older population. Methods . An observational study was performed on all patients ( N = 5570) admitted from 1997 to 2001 to home care programs in 19 home health agencies that participated in the National Silver Network project in Italy. Patient evaluation was performed through the Minimum Data Set–Home Care (MDS-HC) instrument. Results . A 35.9% falls prevalence was found within 90 days of the patient assessment through the MDS-HC instrument. After adjusting for all potential confounding factors, the logistic regression showed a high increase in risk of falling for those patients who wandered (odds ratio (OR) 2.38; 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.81–3.12) or suffered with gait problems (OR 2.13; 95% CI 1.81–2.51). Patients affected by depression were more likely to fall (OR 1.53; 95% CI 1.36–1.73). Those who lived in an unsafe place with environmental hazards had an increase in the risk of falling (OR 1.51; 95% CI 1.34–1.69). The associations of main risk factors for falls were also evaluated. Conclusions . Rate of falls among frail elderly people living in the community is very high and frequently correlates with potentially reversible factors. To identify those with higher falling risk, home care staff and general practitioners could use the MDS-HC assessment tool. The Gerontological Society of America « Previous | Next Article » Table of Contents This Article J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci (2002) 57 (11): M722-M726. doi: 10.1093/gerona/57.11.M722 » Abstract Free Full Text (HTML) Free Full Text (PDF) Free Classifications Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences Services Article metrics Alert me when cited Alert me if corrected Find similar articles Similar articles in Web of Science Similar articles in PubMed Add to my archive Download citation Request Permissions Citing Articles Load citing article information Citing articles via CrossRef Citing articles via Scopus Citing articles via Web of Science Citing articles via Google Scholar Google Scholar Articles by Cesari, M. Articles by Bernabei, R. Search for related content PubMed PubMed citation Articles by Cesari, M. Articles by Landi, F. Articles by Torre, S. Articles by Onder, G. Articles by Lattanzio, F. Articles by Bernabei, R. Related Content Load related web page information Share Email this article CiteULike Delicious Facebook Google+ Mendeley Twitter What's this? Search this journal: Advanced » Current Issue November 2015 70 (11) Alert me to new issues The Journal About the journal Translational Articles Free Editors’ Choice Articles Impact Factor Articles The Journals of Gerontology, Series A Supplements Special Issues Rights & permissions We are mobile – find out more Journal Career Network Published on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America Impact Factor: 5.416 5-Yr impact factor: 5.406 Editorial Boards The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences Rafael de Cabo, PhD, Editor View full editorial board The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Medical Sciences Stephen B. Kritchevsky, PhD View full editorial board For the Media GSA Press Room For Authors Instructions to authors Services for authors Submit Now: Biological Sciences Submit Now: Medical Sciences Self-Archiving Policy Online Submission Open access options for authors - visit Oxford Open WhsSvhnOkaAwYG81FJCYgwG7z1LnIP2F true Looking for your next opportunity? Looking for jobs... jQuery_1_11 = jQuery.noConflict(true); Corporate Services What we offer Advertising sales Reprints Supplements Classified Advertising Sales Alerting Services Email table of contents CiteTrack XML RSS feed var taxonomies = ("MED00280", "SCI00960"); Most Most Read A Genetic Network Associated With Stress Resistance, Longevity, and Cancer in Humans A 2-Year Randomized Controlled Trial of Human Caloric Restriction: Feasibility and Effects on Predictors of Health Span and Longevity Frailty in Older Adults: Evidence for a Phenotype Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Quality of Life in Older Adults: Summary The Top 10 Hot Topics in Aging » View all Most Read articles Most Cited Frailty in Older Adults: Evidence for a Phenotype Lower Extremity Function and Subsequent Disability: Consistency Across Studies, Predictive Models, and Value of Gait Speed Alone Compared With the Short Physical Performance Battery The Loss of Skeletal Muscle Strength, Mass, and Quality in Older Adults: The Health, Aging and Body Composition Study Muscle Mass, Muscle Strength, and Muscle Fat Infiltration as Predictors of Incident Mobility Limitations in Well-Functioning Older Persons Strength, But Not Muscle Mass, Is Associated With Mortality in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study Cohort » View all Most Cited articles Disclaimer: Please note that abstracts for content published before 1996 were created through digital scanning and may therefore not exactly replicate the text of the original print issues. All efforts have been made to ensure accuracy, but the Publisher will not be held responsible for any remaining inaccuracies. If you require any further clarification, please contact our Customer Services Department. 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