Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2012 Jun;15(1):63-71.

Effects of a Fall Prevention Program on Physical Functions and Psychological Functions in Rural Elderly Women

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Seonam University, Namwon, Korea. seonam_goya@naver.com

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a fall prevention program on gait ability, one leg standing-right, one leg standing-left, fear of falling, fall efficacy, and depression in the elderly.
METHODS
A fall prevention program was consisted of fall preventing exercise with laughter therapy. Quasi-experimental design with one group pre- and post-test was used. Twenty-two elderly were participated in this study from a community health center located in a rural area, South Korea. SPSS/WIN 18.0 was used for descriptive analysis and paired t-test.
RESULTS
After 12 weeks with a fall prevention program, gait ability (t=3.44, p=.002), one leg standing-right (t=-3.73, p=.001), one leg standing-left (t=-4.17, p<.001) and fear of falling (t=2.12, p=.046) in the elderly were significantly improved.
CONCLUSION
A fall prevention program was effective on physical and psychological functions. This study suggested that control groups and a larger sample should be included in order to validate the effects of a fall prevention program for the elderly.

Keyword

Elderly; Fall prevention program; Physical functions; Psychological functions
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