|dc.contributor.author||Beaudette, Courtney R||
|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
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
|dc.subject||Falls (Accidents) in old age||en
|dc.title||Prevalence of unreported falls in the elderly||en
|thesis.degree.discipline||Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner||en