Date of Award

5-28-2022

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Razel Milo, PhD, DNP, MSN

Abstract

Falls among older adults is a major issue that has become a leading cause of injuries and deaths. This study is an evaluation of fall-risk assessment using the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) tool and physical activity intervention in older adults aged 65 and above during their annual wellness visits to reduce fall-related injuries and hospitalizations. The results showed a reduction of fall-related injuries by up to 11.8% after the 12-week intervention. Patients with moderate-to-high fall risk saw a decrease in injury by 12.9%. Patients with moderate-to-high fall risk scores saw a decrease by 12.9%, from 25.9% to 13% after the intervention. The mean time spent on physical activity was 67 minutes per day. All fall-related injuries occurred with women. The three main risk factors were found to be neuropathy, medication, and balance.

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