Older women in a state-wide, evidence-based falls prevention program: who enrolls and what benefits are obtained?

Published on Nov 1, 2010in Womens Health Issues
· DOI :10.1016/J.WHI.2010.07.003
Matthew Lee Smith24
Estimated H-index: 24
(Texas A&M Health Science Center),
Marcia G. Ory77
Estimated H-index: 77
(Texas A&M Health Science Center),
Ross A. A. Larsen2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Texas A&M Health Science Center)
BACKGROUND: Older women who are vulnerable to falls and their negative consequences have been shown, in controlled randomized clinical trials, to benefit from fall prevention programs. The purpose of this study was to identify personal characteristics of female participants enrolled in a falls prevention program, the effectiveness of the program for female participants, and whether personal characteristics indicate which women might benefit most from programs delivered in real-world settings. METHODS: Data were collected from seniors enrolled in A Matter of Balance/Voluntary Lay Leader (AMOB/VLL) program sessions conducted in Texas over the 2-year period from 2007 to 2009. Baseline and postintervention data from 1,101 female participants were drawn from a larger, state-wide dataset and analyzed using structural equation modeling to identify relationships between variables of interest. FINDINGS: Analyses revealed that women who attended AMOB/VLL significantly increased falls efficacy from baseline to postintervention (t = 1.680; p Language: en
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