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A profile of elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in the emergency department of a Dublin teaching hospital.
Crehan, Fiona; O'Shea, D; Ryan, John M; Horgan, Frances
<p>The original article is available at <a href="http://www.imj.ie">www.imj.ie</a></p> <p>Ireland has an ageing population and the elderly are over-represented in Emergency Departments (ED)--a quarter of these presentations resulting from falls. A prospective study design was employed using a convenience sample to profile elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in ED. Forty-subjects were assessed over 14 weeks. Mean age was 84.88 years (s.d. 7.3) and 31 (77.5%) were female. All demonstrated slow walking speed and 26 (65%) demonstrated poor grip strength. A quarter of subjects reported fear of falling and 30 (75%) were classified as frail. Elderly fallers in ED are a frail group of socially vulnerable patients who demonstrate a risk of further falls. Osteoporosis had been diagnosed in 9 (22.5%) subjects--a low prevalence compared with international research, but 25 (62.5%) subjects had never had a DEXA scan. The prevalence of frailty in the sample of elderly fallers in this study was very high (75%).</p>
Keyword(s): Accidental Falls; Aged; 80 and over; Emergency Service; Hospital; Fear; Female; Frail Elderly; Hand Strength; Hospitals; Teaching; Humans; Ireland; Male; Risk Factors; Self-Help Devices; Walking; Medicine and Health Sciences; Rehabilitation and Therapy
Publication Date:
2013
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Citation(s): Crehan F, O'Shea D, Ryan JM, Horgan F. A profile of elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in the emergency department of a Dublin teaching hospital. Irish Medical Journal. 2013;106(6):173-6.
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://epubs.rcsi.ie/sphysioart/15
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