Awareness of Medication-Related Fall Risk: a Survey of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

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Title:
Awareness of Medication-Related Fall Risk: a Survey of Community-Dwelling Older Adults
Author:
Leonetti, Gia; Lee, Jeannie
Affiliation:
College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona
Issue Date:
2014
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author.
Collection Information:
This item is part of the Pharmacy Student Research Projects collection, made available by the College of Pharmacy and the University Libraries at the University of Arizona. For more information about items in this collection, please contact Jennifer Martin, Associate Librarian and Clinical Instructor, Pharmacy Practice and Science, jenmartin@email.arizona.edu.
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Abstract:
Specific Aims: To assess older adults’ knowledge of medications associated with an increased risk of falls and to evaluate the impact of pharmacist counseling on knowledge of medication-related fall risk. Subjects: Community-dwelling adults 60 and older. Methods: Data were collected using an online questionnaire consisting of 15 knowledge-based items to determine awareness of medication-related fall risk, four items to determine pharmacist counseling experience, fall history, and number of medications taken, and two items to collect demographic information (age and gender). Main Results: Two hundred and six community-dwelling older adults (mean age = 69.07 years, SD = 5.59) participated in the study by completing all or part of the questionnaire. The number of older adults who reported having fallen within the last five years was 90 (43.7%). The knowledge-based portion of the questionnaire was completed in its entirety by 162 older adults (80 males, 81 females, one unreported gender; mean age = 68.7 years, SD = 5.12). One hundred and nineteen of 162 (73.5%) questionnaire respondents scored below 70% on the knowledge assessment (mean score 49.3%, SD = 26.8). The 12 respondents (7.6%) who reported having received counseling from a pharmacist regarding medication-related fall risk scored significantly higher on the knowledge assessment compared to the 145 respondents who did not (mean score 61.66% versus 48.09%, p = 0.01). Conclusion: A majority of community-dwelling older adults lacked knowledge of medications associated with an increased risk of falling. However, those who had been counseled by a pharmacist demonstrated greater awareness of medication-related fall risk. Thus, pharmacist counseling of older adults regarding medications and fall risk should be promoted.
Description:
Class of 2014 Abstract
Keywords:
medication-related; fall; community-dwelling; adults
Advisor:
Lee, Jeannie

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorLee, Jeannieen
dc.contributor.authorLeonetti, Giaen
dc.contributor.authorLee, Jeannieen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-22T20:21:04Z-
dc.date.available2016-06-22T20:21:04Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/614218-
dc.descriptionClass of 2014 Abstracten
dc.description.abstractSpecific Aims: To assess older adults’ knowledge of medications associated with an increased risk of falls and to evaluate the impact of pharmacist counseling on knowledge of medication-related fall risk. Subjects: Community-dwelling adults 60 and older. Methods: Data were collected using an online questionnaire consisting of 15 knowledge-based items to determine awareness of medication-related fall risk, four items to determine pharmacist counseling experience, fall history, and number of medications taken, and two items to collect demographic information (age and gender). Main Results: Two hundred and six community-dwelling older adults (mean age = 69.07 years, SD = 5.59) participated in the study by completing all or part of the questionnaire. The number of older adults who reported having fallen within the last five years was 90 (43.7%). The knowledge-based portion of the questionnaire was completed in its entirety by 162 older adults (80 males, 81 females, one unreported gender; mean age = 68.7 years, SD = 5.12). One hundred and nineteen of 162 (73.5%) questionnaire respondents scored below 70% on the knowledge assessment (mean score 49.3%, SD = 26.8). The 12 respondents (7.6%) who reported having received counseling from a pharmacist regarding medication-related fall risk scored significantly higher on the knowledge assessment compared to the 145 respondents who did not (mean score 61.66% versus 48.09%, p = 0.01). Conclusion: A majority of community-dwelling older adults lacked knowledge of medications associated with an increased risk of falling. However, those who had been counseled by a pharmacist demonstrated greater awareness of medication-related fall risk. Thus, pharmacist counseling of older adults regarding medications and fall risk should be promoted.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author.en
dc.subjectmedication-relateden
dc.subjectfallen
dc.subjectcommunity-dwellingen
dc.subjectadultsen
dc.titleAwareness of Medication-Related Fall Risk: a Survey of Community-Dwelling Older Adultsen_US
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Reporten
dc.contributor.departmentCollege of Pharmacy, The University of Arizonaen
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item is part of the Pharmacy Student Research Projects collection, made available by the College of Pharmacy and the University Libraries at the University of Arizona. For more information about items in this collection, please contact Jennifer Martin, Associate Librarian and Clinical Instructor, Pharmacy Practice and Science, jenmartin@email.arizona.edu.en
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