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Fall scenarios in causing older women´s hip fractures
Karolinska Institutet. (NVS, CeFAM)
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4068-6794
Karolinska Institute. (NVS, Dep of occupational injury)
2013 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 2013, no 20, 21-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective. Falls and fall-related injuries among older women constitute a major public health problem with huge costs for the society and personal suffering. The aim of this study was to describe and illustrate how a number of circumstances, conceptualized as a scenario, that were related to the individual, the environment, and the ongoing occupation contributed to a fall that led to a hip fracture among women. The sample included 48 women over 55 years old. Methods. Interviews were conducted during home visits and the analysis provided a descriptive picture of circumstances in the shape of a scenario related to the risk of falling. A number of scenarios were developed based on the data and named to provide an understanding of the interplay between the individual, the environment, and the ongoing occupation at the time of the fall. Results. By applying the concept of a scenario, occupational therapists can increase the awareness of fall risks among older people, and are relevant also for interior designers, architects, and town planners to consider when designing the local environment as well as furniture and other objects. 

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Informa Healthcare, 2013. Vol. 2013, no 20, 21-28 p.
Keyword [en]
Occupational therapy, occupation, fall situation, fallrisks, fall prevention, environment, accidental falls
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-134711DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2012.661456ISI: 000312785300004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84871738073OAI: diva2:667797

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