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The Tasmanian electronic falls ascertainment tool—A pilot study


Balogun, SA and Sharman, JE and Callisaya, ML, The Tasmanian electronic falls ascertainment tool A pilot study, Australasian Journal on Ageing pp. 1-6. ISSN 1440-6381 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajag.12911


Objective: This study aimed to develop and test the feasibility of using an electronic tool to ascertain falls and their circumstances (TASeFALL) in people aged over 60 years.

Methods: Forty participants (mean age: 69.3 ± 5.4 years, 55% women) were randomised to receive a monthly paper-based questionnaire (control group n = 19), compared with the same questionnaire sent via email with LimeSurvey software (TASeFALL n = 21). Falls and their circumstances were recorded prospectively over 12 months in all participants. The main outcomes were feasibility of enrolment, number of falls, adherence to completion of questionnaires and cost.

Results: The incidence, number of falls and adherence to the completion of the questionnaire over the 12-month follow-up were similar in both the TASeFALL and control groups. However, the monthly paper-based questionnaire approach was 45% more expensive.

Conclusions: The TASeFALL is a feasible and cost-effective method of falls ascertainment for older people with email access that could have a wide research uptake.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:geriatrics, falls, questionnaires, surveys
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Geriatrics and gerontology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Telehealth
UTAS Author:Balogun, SA (Dr Saliu Balogun)
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
UTAS Author:Callisaya, ML (Dr Michele Callisaya)
ID Code:144756
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-06-08
Last Modified:2021-09-28

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