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Feasibility and Accuracy of Different Methods for Collecting Data on Falls Among Older People With Dementia.

Adamczewska, N., Vassallo, M., Thomas, P., Thomas, S., Barrado-Martin, Y. and Nyman, S.R., 2020. Feasibility and Accuracy of Different Methods for Collecting Data on Falls Among Older People With Dementia. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 34 (4), 362-365.

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DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000364

Abstract

This study compared different methods for collecting data on falls among people with dementia to identify which is most feasible and accurate. Eighty-three dyads, comprised of a community-dwelling person with dementia and their informal carer, participated in the TAi ChI for people with demenTia (TACIT) trial. Falls were collected prospectively over 6 months using monthly calendars, weekly and monthly telephone interviews, and 3-monthly telephone interviews with the carer. Unique falls identified across the reporting methods were combined, and this total was compared against each reporting method in isolation and combinations. A higher frequency of falls indicated greater accuracy. Falls data collection was most feasible with weekly telephone interviews (84%), and most accurate with the combination of weekly telephone interviews with monthly calendars (96%). For the greatest completeness and accuracy of falls data with community-dwelling people with dementia, researchers should use both weekly telephone interviews and monthly calendars.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1546-4156
Uncontrolled Keywords:dementia, fall, self-report, trial
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:33128
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:09 Dec 2019 12:45
Last Modified:15 Aug 2021 08:20

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