Journal article

Exploring Fear of Falling and Exercise Self-Efficacy in Older Women With Vertebral Fractures

Matteo Ponzano, Jenna C Gibbs, Jonathan D Adachi, Maureen C Ashe, Angela M Cheung, Keith D Hill, David Kendler, Aliya A Khan, Caitlin McArthur, Alexandra Papaioannou, Lehana Thabane, John D Wark, Lora M Giangregorio

JOURNAL OF AGING AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY | HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

Fear of falling is a common issue among older adults, which decreases quality of life and leads to an avoidance of activities they are still able to do. The goal of this secondary data analysis was to explore the relationship between fear of falling and exercise self-efficacy in 141 women with at least one nontraumatic Genant Grade 2 vertebral fracture. Fear of falling, exercise self-efficacy, history of falling, the number of falls, the use of assisting devices, and pain at rest or during movement were obtained using medical history and health status questionnaires. There was a negative association between fear of falling and exercise self-efficacy (pseudo R2 = .253; p = .004), which persis..

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Grants

Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating grant


Awarded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


Funding Acknowledgements

The research was funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating grant (MOP 123445). Dr. Ashe and Dr. Cheung acknowledge the support of the Canada Research Chairs program. Dr. Cheung also acknowledges the K.Y. and Betty Ho Chair in Integrative Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gibbs received funding from a CIHR Fellowship Award. We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), CREATE 509950-2018 Training in Global Biomedical Technology Research and Innovation. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.