Fear of Falling Among Seniors: Needs Assessment and Intervention Strategies. Susan L. Murphy ScD, OTR World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference June 2002, Stockholm Sweden (part 2 of talk with co-presenter Elizabeth Walker-Peterson MPH OTR/L). Objectives.
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Susan L. Murphy ScD, OTR
World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference
June 2002, Stockholm Sweden
(part 2 of talk with co-presenter Elizabeth Walker-Peterson MPH OTR/L)
(Tinetti and Powell, 1993).
Fear of falling
Physical capabilities reduced
Restricts more activities
More impaired physical capabilities
Diminished Quality of Life
Fear of Falling
Fear of Falling at baseline associated with several negative outcomes at follow-up:
(Cumming et al., 2001, Vellas et al., 1997)
Indirect AssessmentsScreening Instruments
ConsFear of Falling Instruments
(Does the instrument test
(Does the instrument measure
what it is supposed to test?)
consistently over time?)
How concerned are you that you will fall and hurt yourself in the next year?
1 = Very concerned
4 = Not at all concerned
+ useful to measure prevalence
-- difficult to detect change
Response to instrument’s wording
Negative vs. Positive
Characteristic the instrument measures
Purpose of using a screening instrument
Pre and post testChoosing an Instrument