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Exploring patterns of personal alarm system use and impacts on outcomes


Andrew, NE and Wang, Y and Teo, K and Callisaya, ML and Moran, C and Snowdon, DA and Ellmers, S and Beare, R and Richardson, D and Srikanth, V, Exploring patterns of personal alarm system use and impacts on outcomes, Australasian Journal on Ageing Article online ahead of print. ISSN 1440-6381 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajag.12941


Objectives: To describe the patterns of personal emergency response systems (PERS) use in a statewide cohort of older Australians.

Methods: PERS data from clients enrolled in the Personal Alarm Victoria program between January 2014 and June 2017 were analysed. Alarm activation reasons were extracted, and a medical record audit was performed for a sub-cohort of patients admitted to a local hospital following an alarm event. Descriptive statistics were used.

Results: There were 42,180 clients enrolled during the study (mean age 80 years, 80% female, 93% living alone). An ambulance attended 44% of the fall-related events and 81% of events coded as unwell. Activation reasons were distributed equally between a fall and feeling unwell, and a repeating pattern of activation reasons was observed. In our sub-cohort (n = 92), the majority of admissions (86%) followed an alarm activation coded as unwell.

Conclusion: We demonstrated recurring patterns associated with the reasons for alarm use.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aging, emergencies, falls, personal emergency response systems
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Emergency medicine
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Callisaya, ML (Dr Michele Callisaya)
UTAS Author:Srikanth, V (Dr Velandai Srikanth)
ID Code:145561
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-07-27
Last Modified:2021-09-28

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