The impact of falls and fear of falling on health-related quality of life in Taiwanese elderly

J Community Health Nurs. 2010 Apr;27(2):84-95. doi: 10.1080/07370011003704958.


This study aimed to investigate the relationship among falls, fear of falling (FOF), and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in elderly people living in the community. The study was a community-based surveillance with residents aged 65 or over in Taipei, Taiwan. Data were collected in face-to-face interviews. Of the 4,056 participants, the prevalence of falls was 13.8% and the prevalence of FOF among women (62.6%) was significantly higher than that among men (46.2%). Adjusted by covariate factors, fear of falling was identified as a major factor related to HRQOL in the elderly and should be emphasized to assist the improvement of HRQOL in geriatrics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls* / prevention & control
  • Accidental Falls* / statistics & numerical data
  • Aged / psychology*
  • Aged / statistics & numerical data
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cost of Illness
  • Fear / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Prevalence
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Taiwan / epidemiology
  • Urban Health / statistics & numerical data