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Type: Journal article
Title: Older community-dwelling people's comparative optimism about falling: A population-based telephone survey
Author: Dollard, J.
Barton, C.
Newbury, J.
Turnbull, D.
Citation: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 2013; 32(1):34-40
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1440-6381
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Joanne Dollard, Christopher Barton, Jonathan Newbury, Deborah Turnbull
Abstract: Aim: To determine whether older community-dwelling people underestimate their own perceived chance of falling compared with that of other older people (comparative optimism), and whether a history of falls is associated with comparative optimism. Method: A sample of community-dwelling South Australians aged ≥65 years (n= 389) completed a computer-assisted telephone interview about their 12-month fall history, their perceived chance of falling and their rating of other older people's chance of falling. Results: Respondents were comparatively optimistic about their chance of falling (Z =−8.1, P < 0.001). Those who had fallen in the last 12 months had a lower comparative optimism score (Z =−3.0, P < 0.003). Conclusion: As older people were comparatively optimistic about their likelihood of falling, they might not find fall prevention messages relevant. When older people present with a fall, clinicians could provide fall prevention information consistent with how older people present themselves.
Keywords: accidental falls
cross-sectional survey
health knowledge
risk assessment
Rights: © 2012 The Authors.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2012.00597.x
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