A pilot study to determine the usability of the falling LinKS toolkit for older adults in two rural Kansas communities -- Restricted access to full text
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Abby Guhl; Jenna Gatz; Dana Neufeld; Brianne Porter. (2012). A Pilot Study to Determine the Usability of the Falling LinKS Toolkit for Older Adults in Two Rural Kansas Communities. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.33-34
Falls among older adults (≥ 65 years) present major health and economic consequences. The WSU Falling LinKS research team developed a falls awareness and prevention toolkit tailored to rural areas in Kansas. Purpose: Evaluate the perceived usability of the Falling LinKS Toolkit by older adults in two rural Kansas communities. Methods: Thirty-one participants were given copies of the Toolkit. A survey regarding its usefulness was distributed six weeks later. Results: The majority of respondents (n=24, 77.4%) agreed that the Toolkit was easy to use (78%), useful (69.5%), and that they would recommend the Toolkit to others (60.9%). Conclusion: The Falling LinKS Toolkit is a useful resource for older adults in rural areas for fall prevention education and strategies.
Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions