Older people’s perception of fall risk: Implications for falls-prevention campaigns.

Hughes, Karen, van Beurden, Eric, Eakin, Elizabeth G., Barnett, Lisa M., Patterson, Elizabeth, Backhouse, Jan, Jones, Sue, Hauser, Darren, Beard, John R. and Newman, Beth (2008) Older people’s perception of fall risk: Implications for falls-prevention campaigns.. American Journal of Public Health, 98 2: 351-357. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2007.115055


Author Hughes, Karen
van Beurden, Eric
Eakin, Elizabeth G.
Barnett, Lisa M.
Patterson, Elizabeth
Backhouse, Jan
Jones, Sue
Hauser, Darren
Beard, John R.
Newman, Beth
Title Older people’s perception of fall risk: Implications for falls-prevention campaigns.
Journal name American Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0090-0036
1541-0048
Publication date 2008-02-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2105/AJPH.2007.115055
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 98
Issue 2
Start page 351
End page 357
Total pages 7
Editor Georges Benjamin
Nancy J Johnson
Place of publication New York, U.S.A.
Publisher American Public Health Association
Language eng
Subject C1
920502 Health Related to Ageing
111712 Health Promotion
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Objectives. We examined older people's attitudes about falls and implications for the design of fall-prevention awareness campaigns.
Formatted abstract
Objectives.: We examined older people's attitudes about falls and implications for the design of fall-prevention awareness campaigns.
Methods: We assessed data from computer-assisted telephone surveys conducted in 2002 with Australians 60 years and older in Northern Rivers, New South Wales (site of a previous fall-prevention program; n = 1601), and Wide Bay, Queensland (comparison community; n = 1601), and 8 focus groups (n = 73).
Results: Participants from the previous intervention site were less likely than were comparison participants to agree that falls are not preventable (odds ratio [OR] = 0.76; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.65, 0.90) and more likely to rate the prevention of falls a high priority (OR = 1.31; 95% CI = 1.09, 1.57). There was no difference between the groups for self-perceived risk of falls; more than 60% rated their risk as low. Those with a low perceived risk were more likely to be men, younger, partnered, and privately insured, and to report better health and no history of falls. Focus group data indicated that older people preferred messages that emphasized health and independence rather than falls.
Conclusions: Although older people accepted traditional fall-prevention messages, most viewed them as not personally relevant. Messages that promote health and independence may be more effective.
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Keyword Falls, accidents in old age
Older people, wounds and injuries
Health education
Risk management
Health behaviour
Preventive health services
Health of Australians
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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