The importance of identity in falls prevention

WALKER, Wendy, POROCK, Davina and TIMMONS, Stephen (2011). The importance of identity in falls prevention. Nursing Older People, 23 (2), 21-26.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7748/nop2011.03.23.2.21.c8352
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    Abstract

    AIM: To explore the meaning of falling for older people who had participated in a falls prevention programme to establish the importance of identity in falls prevention interventions. METHOD: Data were collected in a 14-week video observation period of two consecutive falls prevention group programmes, examination of participant referral records and a series of semi-structured interviews with 11 participants. FINDINGS: The meaning of falling for older people is closely related to the individual's identity. Participants attended the falls prevention programme because a professional they respected referred them, not because they thought they would gain personal value. Participants used a collective identity, of individuals who fall, to show how they differed from this social construct. CONCLUSION: The findings indicate the importance of the personal and collective identity of ageing on falls prevention. Professionals consulting with older people about falls prevention should offer individual plans that are agreed and valued by the older person.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Health and Well-being > Department of Nursing and Midwifery
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.7748/nop2011.03.23.2.21.c8352
    Page Range: 21-26
    Depositing User: Davina Porock
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2017 12:30
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 17:16
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15197

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