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Automatic fall detectors and the fear of falling

Brownsell, Simon and Hawley, Mark (2004) Automatic fall detectors and the fear of falling. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 10 (5). pp. 262-267. ISSN 1357-633X

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We studied the effect of automatic fall detection units on the fear of falling amongst community alarm users living in the community. A total of 55 community alarm users, at increased risk of falling were recruited: 34 received fall detectors (intervention group) and there were 21 in a control group. On intention to treat analysis, there was no significant difference between the intervention and control group on change in fear of falls (40.3 vs 37.5, difference 2.8, 95% CI –6.2 to 11.8), health-related quality of life or morale. Differences in fear of falling, between a group who wore their detector regularly (62%) and those who did not, suggest that some people may benefit from a fall detector; conversely, others may lose confidence if provided with a fall detector. Most users who wore their detectors regularly felt more confident and independent and considered that the detector improved their safety.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Royal Society of Medicine Press. This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The definitive version, detailed above, is available online at www.rsmjournals.com
Keywords: telecare, fall detection
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield) > Health Services Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Simon Brownsell
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2010 17:48
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:59
Published Version: http://jtt.rsmjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/10...
Status: Published
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine
Identification Number: 10.1258/1357633042026251
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10302

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