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Escola Anna Nery

Print version ISSN 1414-8145On-line version ISSN 2177-9465

Abstract

GASPAR, Ana Carolina Macri et al. Factors associated with fall prevention practices in older adults. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.2, e20170044.  Epub Apr 27, 2017. ISSN 1414-8145.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5935/1414-8145.20170044.

Objective:

To analyze the prevalence of fall prevention practices in older adults and the associated factors.

Methods:

A cross-sectional, analytical study with 557 older adults that were attending family health units. Data were collected using structured interviews. The dependent variable was the fall prevention practice. The associations were estimated through Poisson regression with robust variation.

Results:

The prevalence of fall prevention practices was 35.7%. After adjustments, the variables associated with the outcome were: gender (p = 0.003), very good/good self-assessment of health (p = 0.035), regular self-assessment of health (p = 0.012) and education (p = 0.039).

Conclusion:

The prevalence of fall prevention practices found was higher among older adult men with self-reported very good/good and regular health and with 5 or more years of study. This study contributes to assist the nurse in the planning of interventions to prevent falls in older adults.

Keywords : Accidental Falls; Accident Prevention; Disease Prevention; Patient Acceptance of Health Care.

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