Physical Therapists' Attitudes/Beliefs and Current Practices Regarding Implementation of Falls Prevention Strategies in Older Adults

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Monson, Amber
Almstrom, Lindsay
Dunn, Kilah
Pryor, Alexis
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Bahner, Candace
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2011-05-04
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Conference paper
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Monson, Amber, Almstrom, Lindsay, Dunn, Kilah & Pryor, Alexis (2011). Physical Therapists' Attitudes/Beliefs and Current Practices Regarding Implementation of Falls Prevention Strategies in Older Adults. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 105-106
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Identifying members of the elderly population who are at risk for falls is a vital concern in today's society. Physical therapists can help modify fall risk factors among this population. Purpose: Evaluate attitudes, beliefs, and current practices of Kansas Physical Therapists (PTs) regarding fall prevention strategies in older adults. Results: More than 69% of PTs believe falls in older adults are a significant public health problem, and screening for fall risks should be routinely incorporated. The majority of PTs agreed it was their professional responsibility to routinely ask about medications and vision screening, but did not practice that way. Conclusions: A discrepancy exists between what PTs view as their professional responsibility and how they currently practice.

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Paper presented to the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011.
Research completed at the Department of Physical Therapy
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Wichita State University. Graduate School
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GRASP
v.7
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