Fall Prevention Program Characteristics and Experiences of Older Adults and Program Providers in Canada: A Thematic Content Analysis Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Objectives: To document the characteristics of fall prevention programs in specific regions in two Canadian provinces and to explore older adults’ and program providers’ experiences with these programs. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 program providers/managers from 12 different programs. Ten semi-structured focus groups were conducted with 59 older adults. Data were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Results: Older adults reported functional and social benefits. Program providers identified barriers to program success, including cognitive impairment, frailty, and lack of motivation. The need for general attitudinal changes toward older adults’ needs and broader community changes were identified as important by the older adults. Discussion: Easily accessible information about fall prevention programs for older adults and no-cost, ongoing initiatives were critical. Health care providers play keys roles in disseminating information, facilitating referrals, and advocating for initiatives that best meet the needs of older adults in their communities.

publication date

  • September 21, 2019