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Falling from grace or into expert hands? : alternative accounts about falling in older people.

Ballinger, Claire and Payne, Sheila (2000) Falling from grace or into expert hands? : alternative accounts about falling in older people. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 63 (12). pp. 573-579. ISSN 1477-6006

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Abstract

Falls in older people are a priority area for both research and clinical intervention in the United Kingdom. There is, however, currently an absence of research exploring the meaning and interpretation of a fall. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 therapists and with eight older people with fractured hips. The therapists' accounts appeared to draw on a 'risk discourse' which constructed a fall as a predictable and preventable event, highlighting individual patient characteristics as causative factors and suggesting that therapists were more knowledgeable about this subject. The accounts of the older inpatients, conversely, made use of a 'moral discourse', in which commendable personal qualities and competencies were emphasised. It is suggested that this work has implications for therapy in that many falls prevention initiatives and health promotion materials may be falsely premised on an acceptance of vulnerability by older people.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32556
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2010 11:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 11:08
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32556

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