Journal article

The fear and risk of community falls in patients following an intensive care admission: An exploratory cohort study

Selina Parry, Linda Denehy, Catherine Granger, Jennifer McGinley, D Clark Files, Michael Berry, Sanjay Dhar, Rita Bakhru, Jane Larkin, Zudin Puthucheary, Ross Clark, Peter Morris

Australian Critical Care | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Muscle weakness and impairments in physical functioning are well-recognised sequelae after critical illness. Whether individuals have a higher risk of community falls and a fear of falling has not been examined amongst individuals after critical illness. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to explore the prevalence of falls, fear of falling, and fall risk in intensive care unit (ICU) survivors over a 6-month period after hospital discharge. METHODS: This was a nested exploratory study within a medical ICU. Fall prevalence was measured in line with established guidelines over 6 months after ICU discharge. Fear of falling and prediction of fall risk were assessed at 2, 4, a..

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