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      Factors associated with postural control in nursing home residents : Oral presentation at the 13th Conference of the Hungarian Medical Association of America – Hungary Chapter (HMAA-HC) at 30–31 August 2019, in Balatonfüred, Hungary

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          Abstract

          Purpose

          Decline of the sensory and motor systems in older people negatively affects postural control. This increases the risk of falls, which is dangerous for older people in long-term care. Being aware of the quality of postural control and the factors affecting it among elderly people, is crucial in implementing an effective fall-prevention program. This study aimed to measure postural control and the demographic, health-related, and functional factors presumed to be correlated with it among nursing home residents. Another aim was to find valid screening tools based on these factors.

          Materials and methods

          Seventy one nursing home residents were included. Postural control was measured using the Berg Balance Scale. Grip strength, the 30-s chair stand test, and the Timed Up and Go test were used to measure global muscle strength, and functional mobility, respectively. The results of these functional tests were dichotomized using age-specific reference values.

          Results

          Postural control was significantly worse in those who did not reach the age-specific reference values in any of the three functional tests. Effect sizes were large for functional mobility and medium for muscle strength. Multimorbidity and gender had no effect on postural control in our sample.

          Conclusions

          Among nursing home residents, postural control is related to functional mobility and muscle strength. Thus, routine testing of these skills among elderly people is an important task of the physiotherapist.

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          Contributors
          Journal
          2066
          Developments in Health Sciences
          DHS
          Akadémiai Kiadó (Budapest )
          2630-9378
          2630-936X
          03 September 2020
          31 July 2020
          : 2
          : 4
          : 104-107
          Affiliations
          [1 ] deptDepartment of Morphology and Physiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Semmelweis University , Budapest, Hungary
          [2 ] deptDepartment of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary
          [3 ] deptOld Age Home of the Municipality of Budapest , Budapest, Hungary
          Author notes
          [* ]Corresponding author. deptFaculty of Health Science, Semmelweis University , Vas utca 17, Budapest, H-1088, Hungary. kovacse@ 123456se-etk.hu
          Article
          10.1556/2066.2019.00005
          4980cf4c-d220-4417-9b60-275189f691fe
          © 2019 The Author(s)

          This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited, a link to the CC License is provided, and changes – if any – are indicated. (SID_1)

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          Equations: 0, References: 21, Pages: 04
          Categories
          Original Article
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          Medicine,Immunology,Health & Social care,Microbiology & Virology,Infectious disease & Microbiology
          fall prevention,Berg Balance Scale,elderly,postural control

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