Frequency and circumstances of falls in people with Inclusion Body Myositis: a questionnaire survey to explore falls management and physiotherapy provision

Hiscock, A., Dewar, L., Parton, M., Machado, P., Hanna, M. and Ramdharry, G. (2014) Frequency and circumstances of falls in people with Inclusion Body Myositis: a questionnaire survey to explore falls management and physiotherapy provision. Physiotherapy, 100(1), pp. 61-65. ISSN (print) 0031-9406

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To survey the incidence and circumstances of falls for people with inclusion body myositis (IBM) in the UK, and to investigate the provision of physiotherapy and falls management. DESIGN: Postal questionnaire survey. SETTING: Participants completed questionnaires at home. PARTICIPANTS: Ninety-four people diagnosed with IBM were screened against the inclusion criteria. Seventy-two potential participants were sent a questionnaire, and 62 were completed and returned. Invited participants were sent an adapted Falls Event Questionnaire pertaining to falls, perceived causes of falls and the provision of physiotherapy. Questionnaires were returned anonymously. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The proportions of respondents who reported a fall or a near fall, along with the frequencies of falls and near falls were calculated. Descriptive data of falls were collected pertaining to location and cause. Data analysis was performed to investigate provision of physiotherapy services. RESULTS: The response rate was 86% [62/72, mean (standard deviation) age 68 (8) years]. Falls were reported by 98% (61/62) of respondents, with 60% (37/62) falling frequently. In this study, age was not found to be an indicator of falls risk or frequency. Twenty-one percent (13/62) of respondents had not seen a physiotherapist in relation to their IBM symptoms, and of those that had, 31% (15/49) had not seen a physiotherapist until more than 12 months after IBM was diagnosed. Only 18% (11/61) of fallers reported that they had received falls management input. CONCLUSIONS: Falls are a common occurrence for people with IBM, independent of age and years since symptoms first presented, and are poorly addressed by appropriate physiotherapy management. National falls guidelines are not being followed, and referral rates to physiotherapy need to improve.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
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Depositing User: Gita Ramdharry
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 14:35
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 14:35
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/28469

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