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Distribution, Determinants, and Prevention of Falls Among the Elderly in the 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey (Public Health Reports)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2011); 2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2012); Elderly; Mental and Emotional Health; Health Behaviors; Physical Activity

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CHIS Journal Article

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Falls in the geriatric population are a major public health issue. Authors estimated the prevalence and determinants of falls in adults aged 65 years and older using 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey data. The study reports an estimated 527,340 elderly seniors fell multiple times in the previous 12 months. Of those, 204,890 (38.9 percent) were told how to avoid falls by a physician and 211,355 (40.1 percent) received medical treatment, although fewer than 41 percent had made related preventive changes to avoid future falls. Falls were associated with older age, less walking, and poorer physical or mental health. Non-Asians had higher odds of falling compared with Asians. Most participants reported changing medications, home, or daily routines on their own initiative rather than after professional recommendations. Patients with a history of falls did not consistently receive professional recommendations on fall prevention-related lifestyle or living condition changes.


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Journal Article: Distribution, Determinants, and Prevention of Falls Among the Elderly in the 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey

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