+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

Risk Factors Associated with the Fear of Falling in Community-Living Elderly People in Korea: Role of Psychological Factors

Risk Factors Associated with the Fear of Falling in Community-Living Elderly People in Korea: Role of Psychological Factors

Psychiatry Investigation 14(6): 894-899

Little is known about the risk factors for the fear of falling in elderly Korean individuals. Thus, the present study aimed to investigate the risk factors for fear of falling in a representative elderly population of over 10,000 individuals aged 65 years and older. A multivariate multinomial analysis revealed that the risk factors associated with a severe fear of falling were being female [odds ratio (OR)=4.396], older age (OR=5.550 for those aged ≥85 years), lower level of education (OR=0.719 for those with ≥13 years of schooling), chronic illness (OR=2.788 for those with more than three chronic illnesses), poor subjective health (OR=6.268), functional impairments (OR=2.340), a history of falling (OR=7.062), and depression (OR=1.774). The ORs for each of these risk factors were particularly high in participants with a severe fear of falling. Particularly, a history of falling and/or poor subjective health status had strong independent associations with the fear of falling. The present findings may help health care professionals identify individuals that would benefit from interventions aimed at reducing the fear of falling.

Please choose payment method:

(PDF emailed within 1 workday: $29.90)

Accession: 065485790

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 29209398

Related references

Screening for Risk of Falling in Community-Dwelling Elderly People May Increase Fear of Falling. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy 27(3): 100-104, 2004

Factors associated with fear of falling among community-dwelling elderly adults without reduced performance in instrumental activities of daily living. Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics 49(4): 457-462, 2012

Risk factors for falls and survival after falling in elderly people in a community. Japanese Journal of Public Health 59(5): 305-314, 2012

Does the care for the fear of falling bring a profit to community living elderly people who had experienced falls?. Psychologie and Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement 5(3): 225-234, 2007

The relationship between physical fitness and falling risk and fear of falling in community-dwelling elderly people with different physical activity levels. Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences 47(2): 455-462, 2017

Which factors are associated with fear of falling in community-dwelling older people?. Age and Ageing 43(1): 76-84, 2014

A multifactorial intervention to reduce the risk of falling among elderly people living in the community. New England Journal of Medicine 331(13): 821-827, 1994

Fear of Falling and Related Factors in a Community-based Study of People 60 Years and Older in Thailand. International Journal of Gerontology 11(2): 80-84, 2017

Analysis on the characteristics and factors associated with avoidance of activity induced by fear of falling in the community-dwelling elderly. Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi 36(8): 794-798, 2015

Perceived vision-related quality of life and risk of falling among community living elderly people. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 27(2): 433-439, 2013

The development of fear of falling among community-living older women: predisposing factors and subsequent fall events. Journals of Gerontology. Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 58(10): M943-M947, 2003

Risk factors for restriction in activity associated with fear of falling among seniors within the community. Journal of Patient Safety 6(3): 187-191, 2010

Risk Factors for Restriction in Activity Associated With Fear of Falling Among Seniors Within the Community. Journal of Patient Safety 6(3): 187-191, 2010

Risk factors for functional status decline in community-living elderly people: a systematic literature review. Social Science and Medicine 48(4): 445-469, 1999

Fear of falling and its predictors among community-living older adults in Korea. Aging and Mental Health 21(4): 369-378, 2017