Falls among the geriatric population, cause frequent morbidity and mortality
To evaluate the Knowledge of elderly clients toward the prevention of fall.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
A cross sectional study was carried out on a total of 403 elderly ,aged≥60 years attending geriatric clinic at Baghdad teaching hospital during the period from 6th of February to 26th of June 2017,collection of data by direct interview.
This study included 403 elderly with mean age (68.5±5.4SD) years, (95%)of them had chronic diseases and (94%) currently on medications,(73.2%) had fall attack previously and (39.3%) of them with ≥5 times attacks of fall. About (52.6%), (60.3%) and (30.8%) had correct knowledge towards risk factors, cause of fall and fall prevention respectively,(56.3%) do not know the intervention to preventfall in elderly while (25.8%) believed that the fall prevention health educationis the best intervention. About two third (65.5%) believed that no action could protect them.
The study concluded that the participants had low level of knowledge and practice about fall prevention in elderly.