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The causes of falls: views of older people with visual impairment

Brundle, Caroline, Waterman, Heather A. ORCID:, Ballinger, Claire, Olleveant, Nicola, Skelton, Dawn A., Stanford, Penelope and Todd, Chris 2015. The causes of falls: views of older people with visual impairment. Health Expectations 18 (6) , pp. 2021-2031. 10.1111/hex.12355

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Background Sight impairment increases with age and, compared with the general older population, older people with sight impairment are more likely to fall. There is a growing body of evidence on the views and perceptions of older people about falls, but little is published on the views of older people with sight impairment. Objective To explore what older people with sight impairment believe to be the causes of falls. Design A qualitative design was used, incorporating focus groups and interviews in which participants discussed falls and falls prevention. Framework analysis was employed to identify themes arising from participants' discussions of the causes of falls. Setting and participants Fifty-four community dwelling men and women with sight impairment, aged 65 and over, were recruited from across Greater Manchester, UK. Results Five types of factors were identified that were believed to cause falls: (i) health issues and changes in balance caused by ageing; (ii) cognitive and behavioural factors; (iii) the impact of sight impairment on getting around the home; (iv) the impact of sight impairment on negotiating the environment away from home; and (v) unexplained falls. Discussion and conclusions Older people with sight impairment reported many researched risk factors previously identified by older people without sight impairment but also described many perceived risks unique to people with sight impairment. There are few interventions to prevent falls aimed at older people with sight impairment, and the results of this study allow further tailoring of such interventions based on views of older people with sight impairment.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1369-6513
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 09:51

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