Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Feature Article 

The Falls Risk Awareness Questionnaire: Development and Validation for Use With Older Adults

Cheryl A. Wiens, BSC(Pharm), PharmD; Tamar Koleba, BSC(Pharm), PharmD; C. Allyson Jones, PT, PhD; David F. Feeny, PhD

Abstract

EXCERPT

Falling is a significant cause of disability and death among older adults. A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report listed fall-related injuries as the leading cause of injury-related morbidity and mortality in elderly individuals (2006). Approximately 30% of community-dwelling older adults fall each year, of whom 50% fall more than once (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989; Tinetti, Speechley, & Ginter, 1988). Up to 10% of falls result in serious soft tissue injuries, including hematomas, sprains, and joint dislocations (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989). An additional 5% result in bone fractures of the humerus, wrist, pelvis, and hip (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989).

Abstract

EXCERPT

Falling is a significant cause of disability and death among older adults. A recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report listed fall-related injuries as the leading cause of injury-related morbidity and mortality in elderly individuals (2006). Approximately 30% of community-dwelling older adults fall each year, of whom 50% fall more than once (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989; Tinetti, Speechley, & Ginter, 1988). Up to 10% of falls result in serious soft tissue injuries, including hematomas, sprains, and joint dislocations (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989). An additional 5% result in bone fractures of the humerus, wrist, pelvis, and hip (Tinetti & Speechley, 1989).

Authors

Dr. Wiens is Associate Professor, and Dr. Koleba is student, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Jones is Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Feeny is Senior Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research, Portland, Oregon.

Address correspondence to Cheryl A. Wiens, BSc(Pharm), PharmD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, 3118 Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2N8.

10.3928/00989134-20060801-07

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