Fear of falling in older people with hypertension in Iran: implications for clinical practice

Kouchaki, Leila, Darvishpoor, Ali, Bayat, Zahra Safavi and Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1817-3730 (2022) Fear of falling in older people with hypertension in Iran: implications for clinical practice. In: X. International symposium of social and applied gerontology, 21-23 Nov 2022, Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background: Older people commonly suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension. Age-related changes and hypertension treatments put older people at risk of falling and fear of falling. This study was conducted to identify the predictors of fear of falling in older people with hypertension in Tehran, Iran.
Method: This retrospective study was conducted on 301 older people with hypertension above age 60 in eight educational hospitals in Tehran, Iran. Data were collected using a demographic questionnaire and the Persian Falls Efficacy Scale-International. Data were analyzed with SPSS 25.
Results: The mean age of the participants was 68.62 ± (6.82) years. The mean of systolic and diastolic blood pressure were 138.94 ± (13.35) and 87.18 ± (10.65) respectively. 31.8% of the participants had a medium and high level of fear of falling. The multiple regression results showed that fear of falling was significantly associated with gender (ß = 0.20, p<0.001), educational level (ß = 0.28, p<0.001), and history of falling (ß = -0.20, p<0.001).
Conclusions: The results show that higher levels of fear of falling in older people with hypertension are in male participants, with a higher level of education, and without history of falling. Providers should develop programs to prevent and reduce fear of falling in those at risk and to reduce the consequences.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2022 08:33
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2022 11:11
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9651

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