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Abstract

KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES AND PRACTICES REGARDING ELDERLY FALL PREVENTION AMONG PHYSICIANS WORKING IN AGE FRIENDLY PHC CENTERS IN AL-HILA CITY

*Dr. Arwa Zuhair Abbas Al-Muttairi and Dr. Batool Ali Hasan

ABSTRACT

Introduction: A fall is when a person suddenly goes down onto the ground or towards the ground withoutintending to or by accidents Falls and injuries related to falls constitute an important public health concern. Eachyear, one in three community-dwelling older adults (65 years or older) sustains a fall .Generally, one out of fourelderly complain from fall at least once in the year. Falls in the elderly age group in developing countries areincreasing, some studies showing their etiology and prevention had been published. In the middle easterncountries, little is known about the prevalence and features of falls .knowledge, attitude, and practices (KAPs) ofprimary health care physicians in age friendly centers important for translating and disseminating effective fallprevention programs. Subject and Methods: This study was a descriptive cross-sectional study convenientsample of 140 of primary health care physicians carried out at the age friendly primary health care centers in Hilacity during the period of first of November 2023 to first of February 2024. The questionnaire which was pretestedwith some modification made prior to its use and information was collected from each eligible respondentthrough direct interview under the supervision of the researcher. The data collection instrument was a structuredquestionnaire consist of four parts: 1- physician’s baseline characteristics 2- knowledge’s questions 3- Attitudesquestions 4- Practices questions. Results: Overall knowledge was:fair 63.99%,poor 36.01%\ Overall attitude wassatisfactory 70.08%, unsatisfactory 29.2% \overall practice was satisfactory 63.56% unsatisfactory 36.44%.Conclusion: in our study, we found different levels of knowledge of the physicians toward the screening andprevention of falls among the elderly, with the greatest proportion at the fair level so further studies and moreprofessional educational programs are required and local recommendations and an approved screening scale areneeded.

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