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Association between exercise and fear of falling in community-dwelling elderly koreans: results of a cross-sectional public opinion survey.
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PMID:  21621672     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between habitual exercise and fear of falling in an older Korean population.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional study conducted in a population-based sample of an urban city.
SETTING: Urban city in South Korea.
PARTICIPANTS: Randomly sampled older Korean people (N=828; aged ≥65y) living in a typical urban city located in South Korea.
INTERVENTION: Standardized telephone interview.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Data on exercise habits, history of falls during the previous year, and fear of falling were obtained using a random digit dialing telephone survey method. Multiple linear regression and multiple logistic regression analyses were used to examine the association between exercise habits and the fear of falling.
RESULTS: The incidence of falls in the study cohort was 13%, and the prevalence of the fear of falling was 67.4% (47.6% in men and 80.8% in women). About 30% of those that expressed a fear of falling stated that this was the cause of their limited activity. Older men and women who exercised regularly showed a similar level of fear of falling, but they were less likely to experience fear-related activity restriction than nonexercisers.
CONCLUSIONS: A regular exercise habit was found to be inversely associated with fear-related activity restriction regardless of fall experience among older Korean men and women.
Jae-Young Lim; Soong-Nang Jang; Won-Beom Park; Min Kyun Oh; Eun Kyung Kang; Nam-Jong Paik
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation     Volume:  92     ISSN:  1532-821X     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985158R     Medline TA:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  954-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul, South Korea.
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