Falls Experiences and Prevention Preferences of Adults in Mid-life

Tracy Chippendale, Sonia Bhojwani, Michelle Conley, Felice Dela Cruz, Lauren DiPietro, Dana Kasser, Regina Kent, Jennie Lam, Ashley Scrivanich, Alyssa Takamatsu

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Abstract

Falls prevention research and practice has focused primarily on older adults, yet healthy and productive aging does not begin at age 65. To help fill this gap in knowledge, the purpose of this study was to explore the falls experiences and prevention program preferences of adults in mid-life who had experienced falls or near falls. A qualitative study using content analysis was used. Multiple coders were employed to increase the reliability of the findings. Results revealed three major themes with regard to falls experiences including precursors to falls, physical implications, and functional implications. For prevention preferences, themes included a continuum of interest, convenience is key, money matters, people you trust prompt action, and preventing future injury. Study results reveal new insights regarding the falls experiences and prevention preferences of adults in mid-life and can serve as a starting point to inform prevention programs targeting this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1160-1167
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • Falls
  • Mid-life
  • Prevention programs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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