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Feasibility and Accuracy of Different Methods for Collecting Data on Falls Among Older People With Dementia

Adamczewska, N; Vassallo, M; Thomas, PW; Thomas, S; Barrado-Martín, Y; Nyman, SR; (2020) Feasibility and Accuracy of Different Methods for Collecting Data on Falls Among Older People With Dementia. Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders , 34 (4) pp. 362-365. 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000364. Green open access

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Abstract

This study compared different methods for collecting data on falls among people with dementia to identify which is most feasible and accurate. Eighty-three dyads, comprised of a community-dwelling person with dementia and their informal carer, participated in the TAi ChI for people with demenTia (TACIT) trial. Falls were collected prospectively over 6 months using monthly calendars, weekly and monthly telephone interviews, and 3-monthly telephone interviews with the carer. Unique falls identified across the reporting methods were combined, and this total was compared against each reporting method in isolation and combinations. A higher frequency of falls indicated greater accuracy. Falls data collection was most feasible with weekly telephone interviews (84%), and most accurate with the combination of weekly telephone interviews with monthly calendars (96%). For the greatest completeness and accuracy of falls data with community-dwelling people with dementia, researchers should use both weekly telephone interviews and monthly calendars.

Type: Article
Title: Feasibility and Accuracy of Different Methods for Collecting Data on Falls Among Older People With Dementia
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000364
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1097/WAD.0000000000000364
Language: English
Additional information: Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CCBY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Keywords: dementia, fall, self-report, trial
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10088067
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