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Ciencia y enfermería

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9553


LEIVA-CARO, José Alex; LEON-PINO, José Manuel  y  CORTES-RECABAL, Juana Elena. CANE USE AND FALLS IN CHILEAN COMMUNITY-DWELLING OLDER ADULTS. Cienc. enferm. [online]. 2017, vol.23, n.3, pp.11-21. ISSN 0717-9553.


To describe the characteristics of cane use and prevalence of falls in community-dwelling older adults who have received technical assistance in a Family Health Center.


Quantitative, descriptive and cross-sectional study. Sample consisted of 64 older adults between 60 and 94 years of age. A questionnaire addressing socio-demographics, health, cane use and fall-related information was used to collect the data. Statistical analysis was performed with SPSS. An informed consent form was delivered and designed in compliance with Chile's guidelines on research and confidentiality of information.


95.3% of participants reported knowing the motives for cane use; 7.8% use a cane while walking within home; 45.3% use a cane while walking outdoors; 46.9% use a cane to walk anywhere; and 48.4% said that they do not like to use the cane. The prevalence of falls in the last six months was 73%; 61% of those who have fallen were not using a cane when they fell, and 94% expressed fear of falling.


The findings show that a high percentage of older adults is not using a cane, and therefore the ultimate goal of delivering mobility devices is not being achieved. Cane use evaluation and education should be considered as an older adults' health control measure.

Palabras clave : Canes; accidental falls; aged; geriatric nursing.

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