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‘I don't want to impose on anybody’: Older people and their families discuss their perceptions of risk, cause and care in the context of falls

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posted on 2024-06-03, 01:03 authored by L Kerr, P Newman, P Russo
AbstractBackgroundFalls in hospitalised patients remain an ongoing challenge for healthcare systems internationally. Limited research exists on the perspectives of older people on falls risk, cause and care.ObjectivesThis study explored the experiences of patients and their families after a fall in a healthcare facility.MethodsSemi‐structured interviews were conducted with patients and families to explore the experience of having a fall. Data were analysed thematically.ResultsThe themes that emerged from the 14 interviews included the following: explanations; physical environment; communication; experiences of care; perceptions of risk; ageism; feelings towards the fall; and independence and dignity.ConclusionsThis research emphasises the diversity in older people's experiences after experiencing a fall. Falls prevention should be incorporated as one part of healthy, dignified ageing.Implications for practiceFalls prevention and management strategies should be multifactorial, including enhanced communication with the patient and their families. When engaging in education and awareness, falls prevention should be positioned as one component of independent and dignified healthy ageing.

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Journal

International Journal of Older People Nursing

Volume

18

Article number

e12578

Pagination

1-9

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1748-3735

eISSN

1748-3743

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

6

Publisher

Wiley

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