Falls at home

A community based study on awareness and prevention among adults

George P. Jacob, Chythra R. Rao, Asha Kamath, Vandita Pahwa, Jaun Zeb

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Background: Owing to their widespread occurrence, deleterious impacts and consequences, falls continue to be a major public health challenge. As per WHO report 2016, an estimated 424, 000 fatal falls occur each year. Objectives: To assess knowledge regarding risk factors and preventive practices for falls at home among rural households. Material & Method:A community based cross sectional study was carried out in the field practice area of Department of Community Medicine, of a University Medical College. Total 316 households were surveyed and datarelating should be data relating to socio-demographic features, knowledge pertaining to risk factors and practice regarding measures taken for prevention of falls at home were documented. Results: Awareness regarding predisposing factors that could lead to falls were alcohol (87%), smooth polished flooring (80.7%), poorly lit room (68.4%) and being elderly (81.3%). Majority 229 (72.5%) reported that falls on stairs could be prevented by railings for staircase while 199 (63%) reported adhering to medical advice as preventive measure. The prevalence of fall episodes in the last one year was (21) 6.6%. Conclusions: The awareness regarding predisposing factors and prevention of falls among the rural households was good. However, the knowledge had not translated into practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalIndian Journal of Public Health Research and Development
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-10-2017

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Causality
Community Medicine
Public Health
Cross-Sectional Studies
Alcohols
Demography

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Falls at home : A community based study on awareness and prevention among adults. / Jacob, George P.; Rao, Chythra R.; Kamath, Asha; Pahwa, Vandita; Zeb, Jaun.

In: Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development, Vol. 8, No. 4, 01.10.2017, p. 351-357.

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