Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2008 Dec;11(2):107-113.

A Study of ADL, Medications and Falls Frequency in Community-dwelling Elderly

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Daegu Haany University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Pochon CHA University, Korea. kimsy@cha.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to identify the risk factors for falls among the elderly living in community. METHOD: This was a descriptive study. The subjects comprised 80 elderly aged 65 years or over living in D city. The instruments used for this study was the MDS-HC V2.0. The data was analyzed by SPSS Win 14.0 using t-test, ANOVA, and Pearson correlation. RESULT: Among the socio-demographic characteristics, the significant differences were found in ADL by gender and marital status. Older elderly(> or =85) used more medications than other elderly. The elderly were use average 4.33 medications, but 46.3% of the subjects didn't have the physician reviewed all medications. There was statistically significant correlation between number of medications and accidental falls. CONCLUSION: Nurses should inspect about the number of medications, drug interaction, and side effects. It would be preventive intervention for falls in elderly.

Keyword

Activities of daily living; Accidental falls; Obesity; Aged

MeSH Terms

Accidental Falls
Activities of Daily Living
Aged
Drug Interactions
Humans
Marital Status
Obesity
Risk Factors
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