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Preditores do medo de cair em idosos portugueses na comunidade: um estudo exploratório

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Preditores do medo de cair em idosos portugueses na comunidade: um estudo exploratório
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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, January 2019
DOI 10.1590/1413-81232018241.29932016
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Sónia Cristina Antunes dos Santos, Daniela Maria Pias de Figueiredo


The fear of falling constitutes a real risk factor for falls. It has also been associated with functional decline, decreased quality of life and increased social isolation among the elderly population. This study analyzed predictors of the fear of falling in elderly Portuguese people that live in the community. A cross-sectional study with a convenience sample of 98 participants (57.1% women; mean age 74.07 ± 8.74 years) was conducted. Data were collected with a protocol which includes a questionnaire for sociodemographic and health information, the Activity Specific Balance Confidence Scale, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, the Lubben Social Network Scale-6, the Timed Up and Go, and Five Times Sit to Stand Test. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results showed that female gender (p = 0.01), the perception of good (p = 0.01) and moderate (p = 0.02) physical health and the symptoms of depression (p ≈ 0.00) are predictors of fear of falling. Controlling these predictors is a fundamental aspect for promoting the independence of elderly people minimizing the consequences that are associated with the fear of falling.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 56 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 18%
Student > Master 9 16%
Researcher 6 11%
Student > Postgraduate 5 9%
Professor 3 5%
Other 6 11%
Unknown 17 30%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 13 23%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 18%
Sports and Recreations 4 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 4%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 2 4%
Other 6 11%
Unknown 19 34%