Evaluation of a web-based app to assist home-hazard modification in falls prevention

Gillian Ward, Aimee Walker-Clarke, Nikki Holliday

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    Abstract

    Given the impact falls can have on older people and their families, many health and social care services are focused on preventing falls and implementing interventions to reduce future falls. FallCheck is a web app that supports identification of home-hazards and directs users towards self-management strategies to reduce risk of falling. Method: A survey by clinical experts of a beta version of FallCheck was conducted, producing quantitative and qualitative data including issues and attributes identified by respondents. Thirty-six individuals signed up to take part in the study, and 27 respondents took part in the final evaluation survey. Findings: Testing by health and social care professionals found there is scope for using the app as a digital self-assessment tool by people at risk of falls. It has further potential as an effective tool to support environmental/behavioural change to reduce risk of falls. Conclusion: FallCheck was developed from a sound evidence-base to support home-hazard modification as an effective intervention component within a multifactorial intervention to prevent falls. Health and social care professionals found it had good acceptability for use in practice, justifying further testing of the usability and effectiveness of the app in supporting behavioural changes and environmental modifications with people at risk of falling and carers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)735-744
    Number of pages10
    JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
    Volume80
    Issue number12
    Early online date8 Oct 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Oct 2017

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    Keywords

    • falls prevention
    • home hazards
    • health apps

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