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Relation of the Physical Performance and Fear of Falls of the Elderly

노인의 신체기능과 낙상두려움과의 관계

  • Yun, Eun-Suk (Department of Nursing, Kyungnam University) ;
  • An, Jisook (Department of Nursing, Kyungnam University)
  • Received : 2014.08.29
  • Accepted : 2014.10.10
  • Published : 2014.10.31

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the physical performance and fear of falls in the community dwelling elderly and to investigate how the factors were connected to one another. The data was collected between January 3rd and March 30th, 2014 from 460 elderly people, aged 65 or older, who agreed to participate in this study. The data was sampled among the elders' assistants as a way of responding to the questionnaire after being read. The study scales were composed of the demographic characteristics, physical function and fear of falls. A total of 139 (30.2%) subjects had experienced a fall. The results showed a positive correlation with the chair rise, standing on the leg, pick up a penny from floor, timed up and go test, and fear of falls. Multiple linear regression analysis showed that a predictor of the fear of falls were chair rise and timed up and go test. A combination of physical performance accounted for 16.9% of the fear of fall. Based on the findings of this study, it is useful to more effectively develop fall prevention and intervention programs in a future study.

Keywords

Elderly;Falls;Physical performance;Feaf of fall

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