Development and Evaluation of an Online Fall-Risk Questionnaire for Nonfrail Community-Dwelling Elderly Persons. A Pilot Study.

Obrist, Seraina; Rogan, Slavko; Hilfiker, Roger (2016). Development and Evaluation of an Online Fall-Risk Questionnaire for Nonfrail Community-Dwelling Elderly Persons. A Pilot Study. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, 2016, pp. 1-16. Hindawi 10.1155/2016/1520932

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Falls are frequent in older adults and may have serious consequences but awareness of fall-risk is often low. A questionnaire might raise awareness of fall-risk; therefore we set out to construct and test such a questionnaire. Methods. Fall-risk factors and their odds ratios were extracted from meta-analyses and a questionnaire was devised to cover these risk factors. A formula to estimate the probability of future falls was set up using the extracted odds ratios. The understandability of the questionnaire and discrimination and calibration of the prediction formula were tested in a cohort study with a six-month follow-up. Community-dwelling persons over 60 years were recruited by an e-mail snowball-sampling method. Results and Discussion. We included 134 persons. Response rates for the monthly fall-related follow-up varied between the months and ranged from low 38% to high 90%. The proportion of present risk factors was low. Twenty-five participants reported falls. Discrimination was moderate (AUC: 0.67, 95% CI 0.54 to 0.81). The understandability, with the exception of five questions, was good. The wording of the questions needs to be improved and measures to increase the monthly response rates are needed before test-retest reliability and final predictive value can be assessed.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Health Professions

Name:

Obrist, Seraina;
Rogan, Slavko0000-0003-0865-2575 and
Hilfiker, Roger

Publisher:

Hindawi

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

20 Aug 2019 14:52

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2020 13:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1155/2016/1520932

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.5474

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/5474

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