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Häufigkeit, Umstände und Konsequenzen von Stürzen institutionalisierter Betagter; eine Pilotstudie


Gostynski, Michal (1991). Häufigkeit, Umstände und Konsequenzen von Stürzen institutionalisierter Betagter; eine Pilotstudie. Sozial- und Präventivmedizin, 36(6):341-345.

Abstract

Falls are frequent among elderly people, and are a still-underestimated medical problem with respect to causes and consequences. The present epidemiological study describes the experience from a 79-bed nursing home in the city of Zürich, regarding frequency, circumstances and consequences of falls. Over half of residents of the studied nursing home fell at least once during the study period of one year, and one third even suffered 3 or more falls. Dizziness, tripping and slipping were among the reasons given for falling. However, in one third of the cases the person involved was not able to specify the cause of the fall. Every fifth fall to injury or fracture, and every tenth fall to fall-related pain. The fall-related overall morbidity therefore amounted to 35.3%.

Abstract

Falls are frequent among elderly people, and are a still-underestimated medical problem with respect to causes and consequences. The present epidemiological study describes the experience from a 79-bed nursing home in the city of Zürich, regarding frequency, circumstances and consequences of falls. Over half of residents of the studied nursing home fell at least once during the study period of one year, and one third even suffered 3 or more falls. Dizziness, tripping and slipping were among the reasons given for falling. However, in one third of the cases the person involved was not able to specify the cause of the fall. Every fifth fall to injury or fracture, and every tenth fall to fall-related pain. The fall-related overall morbidity therefore amounted to 35.3%.

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Other titles:Prevalence, circumstances and consequences of falls in institutionalized elderly; a pilot study
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:German
Date:1991
Deposited On:05 Aug 2015 14:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:20
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0303-8408
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01368742
PubMed ID:1763571

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