The purpose of this study was to propose and evaluate a path model of the effect of falls on the health-related quality of life among the community elderly. In the model, health-related quality of life was measured by physical function, depression, and self-rated health. The cross-sectional data came from 1992 Long-Term Care Survey involving 454 respondents aged 65 and over living in 4 communities around Taipei Area. The result showed (1) 13.7% of the respondents had at least one fall in the year prior to the survey; (2) After controlling demographic characteristics and self-reported chronic conditions, fall has exerted a significantly direct effect on physical function; (3) Indirect effects of fall on depression and self- rated health were found through the direct effect of fall on physical function. It showed that fall had the direct and indirect effects on physical function, depression, and self-related health. The policy on prevention of fall for the elderly should be strengthened.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Impact of Fall on Health-Related Quality of Life among the Elderly in Community|
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|