Falls in the elderly.


Journal Article (Review)

Falls in the elderly are a common problem with potentially serious consequences. Elderly persons who fall may incur physical injuries that result in hospitalization or even institutionalization. Fear of falling may cause the elderly to restrict their activities and become socially isolated. A fall is usually the result of a combination of factors involving the patient and the environment. A patient's risk of falls may be assessed on the basis of a complete history, including a drug review and an evaluation of the patient's environment, as well as a thorough physical examination with emphasis on neurologic components and functional performance. Correction or adjustment of even a few of these risk factors may allow the elderly patient to avoid falls.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cutson, TM

Published Date

  • January 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 149 - 156

PubMed ID

  • 8273713

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8273713

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-0650

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-838X


  • eng