A profile of elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in the emergency department of a Dublin teaching hospital.

@article{Crehan2013APO,
  title={A profile of elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in the emergency department of a Dublin teaching hospital.},
  author={Fiona Crehan and Donna O'shea and Jeremy Ryan and Frances Horgan},
  journal={Irish medical journal},
  year={2013},
  volume={106 6},
  pages={173-6}
}
Ireland has an ageing population and the elderly are over-represented in Emergency Departments (ED)--a quarter of these presentations resulting from falls. A prospective study design was employed using a convenience sample to profile elderly fallers referred for physiotherapy in ED. Forty-subjects were assessed over 14 weeks. Mean age was 84.88 years (s.d. 7.3) and 31 (77.5%) were female. All demonstrated slow walking speed and 26 (65%) demonstrated poor grip strength. A quarter of subjects… CONTINUE READING
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