A profile of elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in the Emergency Department of a Dublin teaching hospital

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/294113
Title:
A profile of elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in the Emergency Department of a Dublin teaching hospital
Authors:
Crehan, F; O’Shea, D; Ryan, JM; Horgan, F
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Jun-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/294113
Additional Links:
http://www.imj.ie/
Abstract:
Ireland has an ageing population and the elderly are over-represented in Emergency Departments (ED) - a quarter of these presentations resulting from falls. A prospective study design was employed using a convenience sample to profile elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in ED. Forty-subjects were assessed over 14 weeks. Mean age was 84.88 years (s.d. 7.3) and 31 (77.5%) were female. All demonstrated slow walking speed and 26 (65%) demonstrated poor grip strength. A quarter of subjects reported fear of falling and 30 (75%) were classified as frail. Elderly fallers in ED are a frail group of socially vulnerable patients who demonstrate a risk of further falls. Osteoporosis had been diagnosed in 9 (22.5%) subjects â a low prevalence compared with international research, but 25 (62.5%) subjects had never had a DEXA scan. The prevalence of frailty in the sample of elderly fallers in this study was very high (75%).
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
PHYSIOTHERAPY; OLDER PEOPLE; FALL; HOSPITAL

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCrehan, Fen_GB
dc.contributor.authorO’Shea, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorRyan, JMen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHorgan, Fen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-17T14:38:50Z-
dc.date.available2013-06-17T14:38:50Z-
dc.date.issued2013-06-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/294113-
dc.description.abstractIreland has an ageing population and the elderly are over-represented in Emergency Departments (ED) - a quarter of these presentations resulting from falls. A prospective study design was employed using a convenience sample to profile elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in ED. Forty-subjects were assessed over 14 weeks. Mean age was 84.88 years (s.d. 7.3) and 31 (77.5%) were female. All demonstrated slow walking speed and 26 (65%) demonstrated poor grip strength. A quarter of subjects reported fear of falling and 30 (75%) were classified as frail. Elderly fallers in ED are a frail group of socially vulnerable patients who demonstrate a risk of further falls. Osteoporosis had been diagnosed in 9 (22.5%) subjects â a low prevalence compared with international research, but 25 (62.5%) subjects had never had a DEXA scan. The prevalence of frailty in the sample of elderly fallers in this study was very high (75%).en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.imj.ie/en_GB
dc.subjectPHYSIOTHERAPY-
dc.subjectOLDER PEOPLE-
dc.subjectFALL-
dc.subjectHOSPITAL-
dc.titleA profile of elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in the Emergency Department of a Dublin teaching hospitalen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
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