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Accidental fall rates in community-dwelling adults compared to cancer survivors during and post-treatment: a systematic review With meta-analysis


Bird, M-L and Cheney, MJ and Williams, AD, Accidental fall rates in community-dwelling adults compared to cancer survivors during and post-treatment: a systematic review With meta-analysis, Oncology Nursing Forum, 43, (2) pp. E64-E72. ISSN 0190-535X (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Oncology Nursing Society

DOI: doi:10.1188/16.ONF.E64-E72


Purpose/Objectives: To identify whether rates of accidental falls are greater for cancer survivors living in the community during or post-treatment than people with no history of cancer.

Data Sources: In a systematic literature review that was conducted in December 2013, MEDLINEŽ, EMBASE, PubMed, and Web of Science were searched for cancer or oncology and accidental falls in prospective and retrospective cohort and case-controlled studies. Studies were included if they were conducted in a community-dwelling adult population and excluded if they were conducted in acute hospitals and hospice.

Data Synthesis: Of 484 articles initially identified, 10 were included in the review. Of these, three included a control or comparator group and had comparable outcome measures to include in a meta-analysis. The risk ratio for falls for the group with cancer was 1.11.

Conclusions: Accidental fall rates in community-dwelling adults with a cancer diagnosis are greater than rates of falls in adults without cancer; this elevated rate remains after acute care is finished. Patients undergoing active treatment have greater rates of falls. Pain, fatigue, and deconditioning may affect fall rates in the longer term. 

Implications for Nursing: Nurses have the capacity to reduce risk of falls in community-dwelling cancer survivors during or post-treatment through provision of information, advocacy, and support around pain and fatigue management and promotion of physical activity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adverse events, morbidity, oncology, quality of life, screening
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Bird, M-L (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
UTAS Author:Cheney, MJ (Mr Michael Cheney)
UTAS Author:Williams, AD (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
ID Code:107069
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-03-03
Last Modified:2017-12-05

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