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Predicting perceived recovered activity in older people after a fall

J. McKee,, Kevin and Orbell,, Sheina and Radley, Kate A (1999) 'Predicting perceived recovered activity in older people after a fall.' Disability and Rehabilitation, 21 (12). pp. 555-562. ISSN 0963-8288

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Abstract

Purpose: Fall injury represents a common cause of disability in older people. Much research in this area ignores the importance of psycho-social factors in recovery from a fall. Method: Data were collected from a sample of 40 people (≥ 65 years) admitted to hospital as a result of a fall. Details included: the fall event; causal beliefs; psychological impact; history of falls; pre-fall activity; general health; and beliefs concerning recovery, including efficacy and affective beliefs. After 2 months, participants were recontacted by letter and completed a questionnaire assessing perceived residual levels of disability (65% response). Results: Results indicated that beliefs that the fall was due to external causes and was preventable were each associated with higher perceived recovered activity, even when controlling for pre-fall activity, health status and fall injury. Conclusion: The implications of these findings are discussed with regard to promoting recovery after a fall in older people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Risk Factors; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Fear; Accidental Falls; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Female; Male; Surveys and Questionnaires
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2015 10:13
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:29
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12747

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