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An Exploratory Survey of Older Women's Post-Fall Decisions

Bergeron, Caroline D. et al.

Journal of applied gerontology. Volume 37:Number 9 (2018); pp 1107-1132 -- Sage Publications

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  • Title:
    An Exploratory Survey of Older Women's Post-Fall Decisions
  • Author: Bergeron, Caroline D.;
    Friedman, Daniela B.;
    Spencer, S. Melinda;
    Miller, Susan C.;
    Hilfinger Messias, DeAnne K.;
    McKeever, Robert
  • Found In: Journal of applied gerontology. Volume 37:Number 9 (2018); pp 1107-1132
  • Journal Title: Journal of applied gerontology
  • Subjects: Gerontology--Periodicals; falls--older women--survey--decision making--decisional conflict--health literacy; Dewey: 362.6
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Sage Publications
  • Abstract:

    This research examined factors influencing older women's post-fall decision making. We surveyed 130 independent older women from continuing care retirement communities and non-institutional homes. We categorized women's post-fall decisions as medical, corrective, and social decisions, and examined the associations between post-fall decision categories, decisional conflict, number of post-fall changes, self-rated health, frequency of falls, severity of falls, health literacy, awareness and openness to long-term care institutional options, and demographics. Older women experienced greater decisional conflict when making medical decisions versus social ( p = .012) and corrective ( p = .047) decisions. Significant predictors of post-fall decisional conflict were awareness of institutional care options ( p = .001) and health literacy ( p = .001). Future educational interventions should address knowledge deficits and provide resources to enhance collaborative efforts to lower women's post-fall decisional conflict and increase satisfaction in the decisions they make after a fall.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100072425689.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0733-4648; 10.1177/0733464816653361
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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