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Prevalence of unreported falls in the elderly

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dc.contributor.advisor Chappy, Sharon
dc.contributor.author Beaudette, Courtney R
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-10T20:03:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-10T20:03:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05
dc.identifier.uri http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1793/53380
dc.description A Clinical paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a degree of Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner. en
dc.description.abstract Falls are a serious health concern in the elderly. It is estimated that 30% to 40% of community-dwelling elders aged 65 years and older fall each year. However, no specific data is available to confirm the number of unreported falls. Falls are the most common cause of injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in older adults (Lueckenotte & Conley, 2009). Inpatient fall-prevention programs are focusing efforts at interventions to reduce serious injury; such programs may also be directed towards community-dwelling individuals. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of unreported falls at home in the elderly. A descriptive approach was used to explore the prevalence of unreported falls in community-dwelling elderly people. Data were collected using a questionnaire that was distributed to a convenience sample of people age 65 years and older at a northeast Wisconsin community senior center. The survey contained questions related to demographics and falls at home. Responses were kept anonymous. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data to determine the number of unreported falls in community-dwelling elderly. The results showed that 20.8% of survey respondents reported falling at home. This suggests that risks of further injury or even death should be considered. Respondents ranged in age from 65 years to 91 years (m=73.2 years). Data support additional screening for fall risk in the primary care setting when appropriate. Interventions can be implemented to reduce the risk of falling at home. A simple medication change, assistive devices, physical therapy, or environmental modifications are several ways primary care providers can intervene to reduce the risk of falling in the elderly en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Behavior modification en
dc.subject Aging en
dc.subject Falls (Accidents) in old age en
dc.title Prevalence of unreported falls in the elderly en
dc.type Clinical paper en
thesis.degree.level MS en
thesis.degree.discipline Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner en

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