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Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Susan Hunter


The purpose of this study was to examine falls prevalence, falls risk factors and knowledge of falls in individuals who have undergone a total hip arthroplasty. There were 135 patients examined at their one-year follow-up appointment for total hip arthroplasty. Our primary outcome, falls prevalence and falls circumstances, found a falls prevalence of 21.5% with identical circumstances to that of average community-dwelling older adults. Female sex, number of prescription medications and multiple joint replacements were found to be significantly associated with the occurrence of falls in the previous year. The Falls Risk for Older People in a Community Setting Questionnaire found an overall mild falls risk classification among participants. However, participants had lower scores on the Timed-Up-and-Go test, the Step Test, and 30-Second Chair Stand Test compared to normative values in community-dwelling older adults. These results indicated physical deficits that can be associated with an increased risk of falling.

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