PREVALENCE OF FALL AMONG ELDERLY FELDA SETTLER IN BATANG PADANG

  • AI Rosidi Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • RMA Raja Haron Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • K Mohamed Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • AR Tajudin Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • SM Yeap Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • NA Osman Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • AH Mohd Hafiz Batang Padang District Health Office, Perak, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • LA Kamarudin PRIMAS MALAYSIA
  • RK Abdul Wahab Khan Faculty of Education and Human Development, Sultan Idris Education University, MALAYSIA
  • NA Ahmad Institute for Public Health, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA
  • R Sooryanarayana Institute for Public Health, Ministry of Health MALAYSIA

Abstract

INTRODUCTION
Fall is a major cause of injuries among elderly that can lead to increase the risk of early morbidity and mortality. 


OBJECTIVE
The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of falls among community-dwelling elderly in FELDA settlers in Batang Padang and its associated factors. 


METHODOLOGY
Data were collected from a cross-sectional survey in 2 randomly selected FELDA community in Batang Padang with 444 individuals aged 60 years and above were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Relevant information about socio-demographic, history of falls in the past 1 year, and physical activity level were enquired. 


RESULTS
The prevalence of falls in the past 1 year among community-dwelling elderly was reported to be 17.9% with 80% of faller had history of fall more than once. 55.5% of faller happen within house compound and 72.4% are being treated as outpatient. There is no significant association level of physical activity among elderly between tendency of fall among elderly. (AOR=0.893, CI=0.51-1.56) 


CONCLUSION
Most elderly in FELDA settler in Batang Padang had a repeated incidence of fall more than once within 1 year which can possibly lead to its morbidity and mortality. However, there is no association between fall and physical activity. Thus, other factors need to be studied such as patient’s comorbid, home medication and visual acuity to correlate its association with risk of fall.

Published
2019-06-21
How to Cite
ROSIDI, AI et al. PREVALENCE OF FALL AMONG ELDERLY FELDA SETTLER IN BATANG PADANG. electronic - Perak Medical Journal, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, june 2019. ISSN 2682-8596. Available at: <http://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/pmj/article/view/5972>. Date accessed: 18 aug. 2019.