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The Association of Judgment and Related Factors That Affect Fall Risk in Older Adults

Bright, Beth OTD, OTR/L; Boerger, Erica OTDS; Grillot, Lindsay OTDS; Knous, Katie OTDS; Lee, Megan OTDS; Selking, Chelsea OTDS; Umeno, Risa OTDS

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: April/June 2017 - Volume 33 - Issue 2 - p 89–97
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000143
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The purpose of this study was to develop a standardized assessment (LDUKES) that measures an individual's reported use of judgment in relation to fall risk. Fifty-three participants from 7 different senior care facilities completed an assessment that was created by researchers. Researchers found that participants' responses indicated a statistically significant inverse correlation (P < .05) between whether the participant had fallen and his or her perceived risk of falling. This relationship indicates that those who reported falling thought that they were at a lower risk of falling in the future. In addition, when comparing fall history (A3) with physical characteristics (section C) using an independent-samples t test, a significance was found between individuals who reported falls or stumbles and individuals who did not report falls (P < .05). Further research using the LDUKES assessment is recommended to identify the ability to effectively assess judgment related to fall risk.

Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana.

Correspondence: Beth Bright, OTD, OTR/L, 1101 Illsley Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 (Beth.Bright@huntington.edu).

Dr Beth Bright is a peer reviewer for the journal Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. The other authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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