Journal article

Fear of falling in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Cristino C Oliveira, Jennifer McGinley, Annemarie L Lee, Louis B Irving, Linda Denehy

RESPIRATORY MEDICINE | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Increased fear of falling (FOF) has been associated with impaired physical function, reduced physical activity and increased fall risk in older adults. Preliminary evidence suggests that individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have an increased FOF. This study aims to compare the level of FOF in people with COPD with healthy controls, and to determine the associations between FOF and measures of physical function, physical activity and fall risk in COPD. METHODS: FOF was assessed in 40 participants with COPD and 25 age- and gender-matched controls using the Falls Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I). Physical function was evaluated using quadriceps hand-..

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