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The Effects of the A Matter of Balance Program on Falls and Physical Risk of Falls, Tampa, Florida, 2013.

Chen TY, Edwards JD, Janke MC - Prev Chronic Dis (2015)

Bottom Line: No significant effects of the MOB program on recurrent falls or the number of falls reported were found.This study contributes to our understanding of the MOB program and its effectiveness in reducing falls and the physical risk of falling among older adults.The findings support extended use of this program to reduce falls and physical risk of falling among older adults.

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Affiliation: Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE), Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, 8 College Rd, Singapore, 169857. Email: tuo-yu.chen@duke-nus.edu.sg.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: This study investigated the effects of the A Matter of Balance (MOB) program on falls and physical risk factors of falling among community-dwelling older adults living in Tampa, Florida, in 2013.

Methods: A total of 110 adults (52 MOB, 58 comparison) were enrolled in this prospective cohort study. Data on falls, physical risk of falling, and other known risk factors of falling were collected at baseline and at the end of the program. Multivariate analysis of covariance with repeated measures and logistic regressions were used to investigate the effects of this program.

Results: Participants in the MOB group were less likely to have had a fall and had significant improvements in their physical risk of falling compared with adults in the comparison group. No significant effects of the MOB program on recurrent falls or the number of falls reported were found.

Conclusion: This study contributes to our understanding of the MOB program and its effectiveness in reducing falls and the physical risk of falling among older adults. The findings support extended use of this program to reduce falls and physical risk of falling among older adults.

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Process for including participants in the A Matter of Balance (MOB) group and the comparison group in the analysis, Tampa, Florida, 2013. Abbreviations: T1, Time 1; T2, Time 2; MANCOVA, multivariate analysis of covariance.
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Figure 1: Process for including participants in the A Matter of Balance (MOB) group and the comparison group in the analysis, Tampa, Florida, 2013. Abbreviations: T1, Time 1; T2, Time 2; MANCOVA, multivariate analysis of covariance.

Mentions: Participants in Tampa, Florida, were required to be community-dwelling adults and at least 60 years of age, understand English, and not use a wheelchair. Fifty-two participants were recruited for the MOB group through flyers in 2 community centers and 2 independent living apartments where the program was offered. None of these individuals had previously participated in the MOB program. For the comparison group, 58 individuals were recruited through flyers posted in the same locations and a registry for older adults who were interested in participating in studies (Figure 1).


The Effects of the A Matter of Balance Program on Falls and Physical Risk of Falls, Tampa, Florida, 2013.

Chen TY, Edwards JD, Janke MC - Prev Chronic Dis (2015)

Process for including participants in the A Matter of Balance (MOB) group and the comparison group in the analysis, Tampa, Florida, 2013. Abbreviations: T1, Time 1; T2, Time 2; MANCOVA, multivariate analysis of covariance.
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Figure 1: Process for including participants in the A Matter of Balance (MOB) group and the comparison group in the analysis, Tampa, Florida, 2013. Abbreviations: T1, Time 1; T2, Time 2; MANCOVA, multivariate analysis of covariance.
Mentions: Participants in Tampa, Florida, were required to be community-dwelling adults and at least 60 years of age, understand English, and not use a wheelchair. Fifty-two participants were recruited for the MOB group through flyers in 2 community centers and 2 independent living apartments where the program was offered. None of these individuals had previously participated in the MOB program. For the comparison group, 58 individuals were recruited through flyers posted in the same locations and a registry for older adults who were interested in participating in studies (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: No significant effects of the MOB program on recurrent falls or the number of falls reported were found.This study contributes to our understanding of the MOB program and its effectiveness in reducing falls and the physical risk of falling among older adults.The findings support extended use of this program to reduce falls and physical risk of falling among older adults.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE), Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, 8 College Rd, Singapore, 169857. Email: tuo-yu.chen@duke-nus.edu.sg.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: This study investigated the effects of the A Matter of Balance (MOB) program on falls and physical risk factors of falling among community-dwelling older adults living in Tampa, Florida, in 2013.

Methods: A total of 110 adults (52 MOB, 58 comparison) were enrolled in this prospective cohort study. Data on falls, physical risk of falling, and other known risk factors of falling were collected at baseline and at the end of the program. Multivariate analysis of covariance with repeated measures and logistic regressions were used to investigate the effects of this program.

Results: Participants in the MOB group were less likely to have had a fall and had significant improvements in their physical risk of falling compared with adults in the comparison group. No significant effects of the MOB program on recurrent falls or the number of falls reported were found.

Conclusion: This study contributes to our understanding of the MOB program and its effectiveness in reducing falls and the physical risk of falling among older adults. The findings support extended use of this program to reduce falls and physical risk of falling among older adults.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus