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Citation

Park WC, Kim M, Kim S, Yoo J, Kim BS, Chon J, Jeong SJ, Won CW. Ann. Rehabil. Med. 2019; 43(1): 87-95.

Affiliation

Elderly Frailty Research Center, Kyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine)

DOI

10.5535/arm.2019.43.1.87

PMID

30852875

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To predict the risk of falls, Fall Risk Assessment (FRA) system has been newly developed to measure multi-systemic balance control among community-dwelling older adults. The aim of this study was to examine the association between FRA and fall-related physical performance tests.

METHODS: A total of 289 community-dwelling adults aged 65 years and older participated in this cross-sectional study. All participants underwent FRA test and physical performance tests such as Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB), Berg Balance Scale (BBS), and Timed Up and Go Test (TUG).

RESULTS: Participants who were younger, male, highly educated, living with family members, having high body mass index, having high appendicular lean mass index, and having no irritative lower urinary tract syndrome were more likely to have higher FRA scores. SPPB (β=1.012), BBS (β=0.481), and TUG (β=-0.831) were significantly associated with FRA score after adjusting for the variables (all p<0.001).

CONCLUSION: FRA composite score was closely correlated with SPPB, BBS, and TUG, suggesting that FRA is a promising candidate as a screening tool to predict falls among community-dwelling elderly people.


Language: en

Keywords

Aged; Falls; Risk assessment

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