Falls prevalence and its risk assessment tools among Malaysian community-dwelling older adults: A review

Muhammad Iqbal Shaharudin, Devinder Kaur Ajit Singh, Suzana Shahar

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Abstract

Falls in older adults is a major health issue globally. Falls prevalence reports vary based on the study settings. The importance of a fast, easy self-assessment tool to identify falls risk has been emphasised in numerous studies. The aim of our study was to pool information on the prevalence of falls and its risk assessment tools based on a scoping review. This information will be beneficial to inform current falls prevalence and to decide on the best falls risk assessment tool to be used among Malaysian community-dwelling older adults. Articles referred were based on the following electronic databases (MEDLINE Complete, CINAHL, Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source and SPORTDiscus) via EBSCOHOST, Science Direct, PubMed, Cochrane Library, Embase® and Google Scholar. Twelve studies were identified to meet the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Our review findings showed that current falls prevalence (between 4.2% and 61%) among Malaysian community dwelling older adults was consistent with the findings in Asia. Falls risk assessment tools used were similar to the ones used in other countries, taking the multiple falls risk factors in consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • Community dwelling
  • Falls risk
  • Malaysia
  • Older adults
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Assessment

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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