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Fear of Falling is a Risk Factor for Falling

Published on October 12th, 2010

Journal Watch had an article about a recent study about falls and risk factors.  Delbaere K et al. Determinants of disparities between perceived and physiological risk of falling among elderly people: Cohort study. BMJ 2010 Aug 20; 341:c4165.  The conclusion of the study that was done that found that, even when the physiological risk of falling may not be high, if an elder has a fear of falling, that alone is a risk factor that needs to be taken seriously by clinicians.

Perceived risk and physiological risk are independent risk factors for falls among elders. Clinicians should take fear of falling seriously even if an elder appears spry.  in practice, identifying patients who fear falling without directly asking them would be difficult. Patients who fear falling should receive advice and interventions on how to avoid falling

 

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