Fear of Falling: Geriatric Syndrome and Nursing Role Using Evidence-based Practice

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วะนิดา น้อยมนตรี



Fear of falling is a major public health problem in older population.  It is one of the common geriatric syndromes. Excessive fear in older adults can lead to restriction of daily activities and social isolation which further lead to physical deconditioning and disability. Some older adults may have depression and decreased life satisfaction due to fear of falling. Nurses have a crucial role in screening and providing care for older adults who have fear of falling based on evidence-based practice. In this article, the author aims to present the fear of falling problem as one of the common geriatric syndromes frequently found in older adults; however, this problem is not properly managed by health care professionals as it should be. The author also aims to call nurses’ attentions to assess and provide nursing care for older adults with fear of falling based on evidence-based practice.


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