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2010 Fear of Falling Linked to Future Falls in Elderly Medsacpe

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Location: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/727267

Description: Fear of Falling Linked to Future Falls in Elderly Fran Lowry
August 20, 2010 — Seniors who have an irrationally high fear of falling are at increased risk for future falls, irrespective of their actual physiological risk, according to a new study published online today by the British Medical Journal.
"Both falls and fear of falls can substantially reduce quality of life and independence and so contribute to the placement of an elderly person into institutionalized care," write Kim Delbaere, PhD, from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and colleagues. "However, the complex nature of psychological risk factors for falling and the limited background information on this phenomenon hamper its inclusion in falls prevention programmes."

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