Development of a mobile application to screen and manage fall risks in older people

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Objective: Falls and related injuries are known to be the major health problem leading to disability and mortality among older adults. Identification and management of fall risks aimed to prevent falling is considered to be essential. The aim of this study was to develop a mobile application for screening and management of fall risks based for older adults. Method and materials: First, we determined product features based on literature reviews. Then we asked 10 experts to assess the importance of capabilities. The application was designed in Android environment based on the STEADI toolkit. Finally, the usability and satisfaction of the application were assessed among 30 older adults by means of a usability questionnaire, and the final version was modified. Results: The experts rated the majority of feasibility features to be important. The application consisted of falls risk self-assessment, and the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test to measure individual fall risks, fall prevention education, and suggestions for training based on the individuals' level of fall risk among older adults. The results of the usability assessment showed that the users were satisfied with the application, 8.83 out of 10. Conclusion: The mobile application can be used to screen and manage fall risks in older adults. It may help health providers to identify older adults at low, moderate, and high risks of falls provide education and training to minimise falls and fall-related injuries.Implications for rehabilitation Falls are a major health problem in older people. A great proportion of falls and falls related injuries are preventable. Given the availability and accessibility of various mobile health application and the increasing mobile device usage among older adults, mobile application can be used as a platform for delivering fall prevention programmes such as education and exercise training. The mobile application may be a valuable tool in the fall prevention and their consequences either in old adult.

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  • Qom University of Medical Sciences
  • Hamadan University of Medical Sciences
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  • Medical Equipment Engineering

Keywords

  • aging, E-health, Fall risk, prevention, screening
Original languageEnglish
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2020 Jul 1
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes