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Is there a relationship between pain and psychological concerns related to falling in community dwelling older adults? A systematic review

Is there a relationship between pain and psychological concerns related to falling in community dwelling older adults? A systematic review

Stubbs, Brendon, West, Elizabeth, Patchay, Sandhi ORCID: 0000-0002-7013-8940 and Schofield, Pat (2014) Is there a relationship between pain and psychological concerns related to falling in community dwelling older adults? A systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation. ISSN 0963-8288 (Print), 1464-5165 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2014.882419)

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Abstract

Purpose: To systematically review and synthesise the research evidence linking pain to psychological concerns about falling in community dwelling older adults. Methods: A systematic review was conducted in accordance with the preferred reporting items of systematic reviews and meta-analysis statement (PRISMA). Major electronic databases were searched from inception until June 2013. Two authors independently conducted the searches, extracted data and completed methodological quality assessments. Articles were included if they measured one of the psychological concerns related to falling in a sample of community dwelling older adults with pain, or explored the association between the two. Results: Of a potential 892 articles, 12 met the eligibility criteria (n = 3398). The methodological quality of the included studies was variable and none of the included studies primary aim was to investigate the relationship between pain and psychological concerns related to falls. Two studies found significant differences in psychological concerns related to falls in older adults with pain and a control group. Nine out of 10 studies reported a significant correlation between pain and psychological concerns related to falls in their sample. Conclusion: This review provides provisional evidence that pain is associated with fear of falling (FOF), avoidance of activities due to FOF and falls efficacy in community dwelling older adults

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: balance confidence, chronic pain, falls efficacy, fear of falling, musculoskeletal pain, older adult, pain
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11023

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