The development of a new fear of falls scale in Hong Kong

Kuo, S. L. and Nitz, J. C. (2007) The development of a new fear of falls scale in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal, 25 21-26. doi:10.1016/S1013-7025(08)70005-8

Author Kuo, S. L.
Nitz, J. C.
Title The development of a new fear of falls scale in Hong Kong
Journal name Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1013-7025
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1013-7025(08)70005-8
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 25
Start page 21
End page 26
Total pages 6
Place of publication Hong Kong
Publisher Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association
Language eng
Subject 730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
Abstract Various scales have been developed in the last two decades to measure fear of falling (FOF). None reflect the Asian lifestyle when tested with elderly people in Hong Kong, so a relevant scale is needed to be developed. Fourteen daily tasks were identified by an expert panel when elderly people might have FOF. Focus groups were conducted using 55 participants aged 65 to 90 years to respond either "yes" or "no" to predetermined questions. For each task, subjects were asked the same question, "Are you afraid of falling when you perform this task?" For each task, participants were asked to identify the possible causes of FOF or no fear related to each task. The percentage of yes responses in each task was calculated. No participant had a yes response to hanging out washing, preparing simple hot meals or routine household cleaning. Squatting down and getting up again was the task with the highest percentage of yes responses. The percentages of yes responses in the other 10 tasks varied. There was no additional task suggested. Focus group responses were used to develop a new FOF scale relevant for use in measuring FOF among community-dwelling elderly people in Hong Kong. © 2007 Elsevier. All rights reserved.
Keyword Accidental fall
Fear of falling
Hong Kong
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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