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Title: Home accidents amongst elderly people: A locality study in Scotland
Authors: Gilhooly, M
Banks, P
Barrett, W
Wales, A
Caldwell, S
MacDonald, C
Dunleavy, K
Keywords: ageing;accidents;elderly;Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies (BIAS)
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Baski Publication: Antalya
Citation: The Journal of GeroBilim. 1 (1)
Abstract: Aim The aim of this locality study was to collect information on reported and unreported accidents amongst elderly people living in one locality in Scotland. Method Postal Survey- A postal questionnaire was sent to 3,757 men and women aged 65+ years living in one locality. The questionnaire asked respondents to indicate how many accidents they had experienced in the past twelve months, plus to indicate type and location. Information was gathered on living arrangements, ethnicity, gender, age and deprivation. Respondents were asked if they would be willing to take part in an interview study. Interview Study - One hundred elders who had had at least one accident in the previous twelve months were interviewed. Results Postal Survey - Over a third of the respondents in the postal survey reported having had an accident in the previous twelve months. Bumps and drops and falls were the most common type of accident. Most accidents happened in the kitchen. Women reported more falls than men and those living alone reported more accidents than those living with others. Age was associated with the prevalence of accidents, but the association was somewhat curvilinear, with accidents decreasing with age and then increasing again. Interview Study – Interviewees found it hard to differentiate one accident from another. Considerable reluctance to visit the GP after an accident was noted, with many not attending even for serious accidents. Almost forty percent were ‘very’ distressed after their accident, and a quarter reported a loss of confidence. However, most did not worry about accidents. Few thought that their age, health or medications were a cause of their accidents.
ISSN: 1307-1335
Appears in Collections:Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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