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Fall risk factors among cane and walker users and non-users
by Mizokami, Stuart K., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 57; 1603557
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of use or non-use of walkers and/or canes on fall risk for community dwelling older adults related to demographic variables of sex, age, educational and income levels, as well as perceived health, and type of device used. Fall risk was assessed using the Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale. Results indicated a significantly higher fall risk among cane and/or walker users than among non-users. No significant differences were found when comparing demographic variables. Cane and walker or walker only users, were at higher fall risk than those using no assistive device or cane only. Non-users who rated their health as “good,” had a significantly higher fall risk than those who rated their health as “excellent.” Users reporting “poor” or “fair” health had significantly higher fall risk than those reporting health as “good,” “very good,” or “excellent.”

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Barbara
Commitee: Claver, Maria, Greene, Jennifer
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology
Keywords: Canes, Older adults, Walkers
Publication Number: 1603557
ISBN: 978-1-339-22644-6
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