Impact of depression and activities of daily living on the fear of falling in Korean community-dwelling elderly

Kyung Rim Shin, Younhee Kang, Mi Young Kim, Dukyoo Jung, Jeong Soo Kim, Chong Min Hong, Eun Suk Yun, Rye Won Ma

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Abstract

This study determined the predictors of the fear of falling (FOF) in 213 South Korean community-dwelling elderly. The Fall Efficacy Scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, Korean Geriatric Depression Screening Scale, and Barthel Index were used to measure the FOF, sleep quality, depression, and activities of daily living, respectively. In addition, information regarding the participants' demographic details and the number of types of medication was collected. The data were analyzed by using hierarchical regression. The general regression model, with the FOF as a dependent variable, was statistically significant. The FOF variance was partially explained. Depression and activities of daily living significantly influenced the FOF. Thus, the results indicate that the FOF in community-dwelling elderly Koreans is affected by depression and activities of daily living. Therefore, an older adult with recognized signs of depression must be provided with more appropriate care and the allocation of specific interventional strategies in order to maintain activities of daily living should be developed to manage the FOF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-498
Number of pages6
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • Community
  • Depression
  • Elderly
  • Fear of falling

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