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Older participants perceptions of a community based falls intervention programme and its effect on social and functional participation in the longer term : an exploratory pilot study

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dc.contributor.advisor Clifford, Amanda
dc.contributor.author Cooney, Eibhlis
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-19T09:34:06Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-19T09:34:06Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1503
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Evidence supports multi-factorial interventions in reducing falls in older people in the community (Gillespie 2003). Research evaluating the impact of falls prevention programmes has generally focused on the quantitative outcomes of falls. Limited research exists into older participants' perspectives about falls prevention programmes, particularly long term. Additionally the perceived effects this may have on social or functional participation has yet to be explored. Objectives: To explore older people's perceptions of a falls prevention program ≥ 6 months post intervention and determine if the intervention had and continues to have meaningful outcomes for the participant's functionally, socially and psychologically. Methods: 31 participants ≥65 years old from the "Steady On" programme held at St. Joseph's Hospital, Ennis, ≥6months previously were contacted by post via a "gate keeper". 4 respondents participated. The focus group was audio-taped, transcribed verbatim and thematic analysis was performed. Results: Four main themes emerged: Knowledge, confidence, activity participation and programme process. Knowledge and confidence were highlighted in terms of primary outcomes. Activity participation and programme process were other areas perceived as important. Conclusion: Participants of a falls programme retained a positive attitude toward the programme long term. Participants inclined towards the exercise component when reflecting on the most beneficial aspects of the programme. Despite outlining many benefits of the programme the majority of participants did not directly attach meaning to social or functional activity. Results cannot be generalised as the sample is too small. Further in-depth research investigating older people's perceptions of a falls prevention programme long term is warranted. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Department of Physiotherapy, University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject physiotherapy en_US
dc.subject fall prevention en_US
dc.subject older en_US
dc.subject perceptions en_US
dc.title Older participants perceptions of a community based falls intervention programme and its effect on social and functional participation in the longer term : an exploratory pilot study en_US
dc.type Bachelor thesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.type.restriction none en

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