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The Role of Medications in Predicting Activity Restriction Due to a Fear of Falling.
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PMID:  22019612     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the role of medication use and other factors in predicting activity restriction due to a fear of falling (AR/FF). METHODS: Older adults were assessed twice with the interRAI Community Health Assessment and the Berg Balance Scale (BBS). The main outcome was limiting going outdoors due to an AR/FF. Medications were recorded by trained assessors. RESULTS: Participants (n = 441) had a mean age of 80.3 (SD = 7.1) years, most were aged 65+ (96.8%) and 29.3% reported activity restriction. Taking nervous system active or cardiovascular medications was associated with AR/FF. In a multivariate model, the main predictors were having 3+ comorbid health conditions, lower (i.e., worse) scores on the BBS, having difficulty with climbing stairs, and having a visual impairment. DISCUSSION: Modifiable risk factors, related to functional impairments, such as difficulties with balance and vision, appear to be more important predictors than medications.
Dawn M Guthrie; Paula C Fletcher; Katherine Berg; Evelyn Williams; Nicole Boumans; John P Hirdes
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-20
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Title:  Journal of aging and health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1552-6887     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8912686     Medline TA:  J Aging Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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