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BACKGROUND the 16-item Falls Efficacy Scale-International (FES-I) has been shown to have excellent reliability and construct validity. However, for practical and clinical purposes, a shortened version of the FES-I would be useful. OBJECTIVE to develop and validate a shortened version of FES-I while preserving good psychometric properties. DESIGN initial(More)
The objective was to assess which interventions effectively reduce fear of falling in community-living older people. An extensive search for relevant literature comprised a database search of PubMed, EMBASE, PsycINFO, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials; expert consultation; and manually searching reference lists from potentially relevant(More)
AIM This paper reports on of the effects of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Programme on psychosocial attributes, self-care behaviour and quality of life among congestive heart failure patients who experienced slight to marked limitation of physical activity. BACKGROUND Most self-management programmes for congestive heart failure patients emphasize(More)
BACKGROUND Congestive heart failure (CHF) has a substantial impact on care utilisation and quality of life. It is crucial for patients to cope with CHF adequately, if they are to live an acceptable life. Self-management may play an important role in this regard. Previous studies have shown the effectiveness of the 'Chronic Disease Self-Management Program'(More)
OBJECTIVE to evaluate the effectiveness of a multifactorial intervention on incidence of falls in psychogeriatric nursing home patients. DESIGN cluster-randomised controlled 12-month trial. SETTING psychogeriatric wards in 12 nursing homes in The Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS psychogeriatric nursing home patients (n = 518). INTERVENTION a general(More)
BACKGROUND Falls are a major health threat to older community-living people, and initiatives to prevent falls should be a public health priority. We evaluated a Dutch version of a successful British fall prevention programme. Results of this Dutch study showed no effects on falls or daily functioning. In parallel to the effect evaluation, we carried out a(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the prevalence rates and correlates of fear of falling and avoidance of activity due to fear of falling in the general population of community-living older people. OBJECTIVE To assess prevalence rates and study correlates of fear of falling and avoidance of activity due to fear of falling in this population. STUDY DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether for patients with incurable cancer comprehensive home care programmes are more effective than standard care in maintaining the patients' quality of life and reducing their "readmission time" (percentage of days spent in hospital from start of care till death). DESIGN Systematic review. METHODS A computer aided search was(More)
BACKGROUND Fear of falling and avoidance of activity are common in old age and are suggested to be (public) health problems of equal importance to falls. Earlier studies of correlates of fear of falling and avoidance of activity did hardly differentiate between severe and mild levels of fear of falling and avoidance of activity which may be relevant from(More)
Objective To evaluate whether a programme of multifactorial home visits reduces falls and impairments in mobility in elderly people living in the community. Design Randomised controlled trial with 18 months of follow up. Setting Six general practices in Hoensbroek, the Netherlands. Participants 316 people aged 70 and over living in the community, with(More)