Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28479
Title: Fear of falling is independently associated with recurrent falls in patients with Parkinson's disease : a 1-year prospective study
Authors: Mak, MKY 
Pang, MYC 
Keywords: Accidental falls
Fear
Parkinson's disease
Risk factors
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Springer
Source: Journal of neurology, 2009, v. 256, no. 10, p. 1689-1695 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of neurology 
Abstract: The present study aimed to examine whether fear of falling (FoF) could independently predict recurrent falls in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Seventy patients with PD completed the study. Thirty-two patients had fallen at least once in the previous 12 months. Most of patients with PD had moderate disease severity (Hoehn and Yahr stage III). FoF was assessed by the activities-specific balance confidence (ABC) scale. PD specific motor and balance impairment was determined by Unified PD rating scale (UPDRS). Functional mobility was measured by timed-up-and-go (TUG) test. All patients were followed for 12 months by phone interview to register monthly fall incidence. Results of stepwise discriminant analysis showed that after adjusting for the fall history (F = 32.57, P < 0.001) and UPDRS motor score (F = 25.23, P < 0.001), ABC score (F = 18.84, P < 0.001) remained as a significant predictor of recurrent falls. We further established that a cut-off ABC score of 69 (i.e. 0-100, 0 indicates no confidence and 100 indicates full confidence) demonstrated the best sensitivity (93%) in predicting future falls in PD patients. The results indicate that those with an ABC score <69 at baseline had significantly higher risk of sustaining recurrent falls in the next 12 months. Findings of the present study highlight the importance of considering FoF during fall risk assessment in patients with PD.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28479
ISSN: 0340-5354
EISSN: 1432-1459
DOI: 10.1007/s00415-009-5184-5
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

Access
View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

92
Last Week
0
Last month
3
Citations as of Nov 1, 2018

WEB OF SCIENCETM
Citations

87
Last Week
0
Last month
5
Citations as of Nov 12, 2018

Page view(s)

75
Last Week
2
Last month
Citations as of Nov 12, 2018

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.