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The Tasmanian electronic falls ascertainment tool—A pilot study

Balogun, SA ORCID: 0000-0001-6415-5536, Sharman, JE ORCID: 0000-0003-2792-0811 and Callisaya, ML ORCID: 0000-0003-2122-1622 2021 , 'The Tasmanian electronic falls ascertainment tool—A pilot study' , Australasian Journal on Ageing , pp. 1-6 , doi: 10.1111/ajag.12911.

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Objective:This study aimed to develop and test the feasibility of using an electronic tool to ascertain falls and their circumstances (TASeFALL) in people aged over 60 years.Methods:Forty participants (mean age: 69.3 ± 5.4 years, 55% women) were randomised to receive a monthly paper-based questionnaire (control group n = 19), compared with the same questionnaire sent via email with LimeSurvey software (TASeFALL n = 21). Falls and their circumstances were recorded prospectively over 12 months in all participants. The main outcomes were feasibility of enrolment, number of falls, adherence to completion of questionnaires and cost.Results:The incidence, number of falls and adherence to the completion of the questionnaire over the 12-month follow-up were similar in both the TASeFALL and control groups. However, the monthly paper-based questionnaire approach was 45% more expensive.Conclusions:The TASeFALL is a feasible and cost-effective method of falls ascertainment for older people with email access that could have a wide research uptake.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Balogun, SA and Sharman, JE and Callisaya, ML
Keywords: geriatrics, falls, questionnaires, surveys
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1440-6381
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/ajag.12911
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