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|Title: ||Safety of older people on stairs : behavioural factors|
|Authors: ||Hill, L.D.|
Howarth, Peter A.
Brooke-Wavell, Katherine S.F.
Sloane, Joanne E.
|Issue Date: ||2000|
|Publisher: ||Loughborough University|
|Citation: ||HILL, L.D. ... et al, 2000. Safety of older people on stairs : behavioural factors. Loughborough : Loughborough University|
|Abstract: ||Falling on steps and stairs in the home is a serious problem for older people aged 65 and
over, both in terms of the high frequency with which these accidents occur and their
consequences. Although previous research has increased knowledge of personal and
environmental factors involved in falls on stairs, behavioural aspects have received less
attention. The aini of this investigation, therefore, was to improve understanding of how
older people keep and use their stairs, and to assess the iniplications for stair safety.
Interviews were conducted with 157 older people, aged between 65-96 years, in their own
homes. Using a conibination of open and closed questions, participants were asked about
their behaviour on and around thc stairs, awareness of safety factors and any history of
falling on stairs. During each visit, information was collected about the stairs in the home
including design and repair of stair coverings, number of handrails and thcir condition,
objects on and around the stairs, lighting, and position of windows. Standard
mthropometric dimensions of interviewees were recorded, along with other measurements
including grip strength, ability to get up from a stool without using hands, and measures of
visual acuity and depth perception.|
|Description: ||A report prepared for The Department of Trade and Industry. DTI ref: 00/788|
|Appears in Collections:||Official Reports (Design School)|
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