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Developing an audit checklist to assess outdoor falls risk

Curl, A, Ward Thompson, C, Aspinall, P and Ormerod, Marcus G 2016, 'Developing an audit checklist to assess outdoor falls risk' , ICE Urban Design & Planning, 169 (3) , pp. 138-153.

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Falls by older people (aged 65+ years) are linked to disability and a decrease in mobility, presenting a challengeto active ageing. As such, older fallers represent a vulnerable road user group. Despite this, there is little researchinto the causes and prevention of outdoor falls. This paper develops an understanding of environmental factorsthat cause falls or fear of falling by using go-along interviews with recent fallers to explore how they navigate theoutdoor environment, and which aspects of it they perceive facilitate or hinder their ability to go outdoors and fearof falling. While there are a number of audit checklists that are focused on assessing the indoor environment forrisk or fear of falls, nothing exists for the outdoor environment. Many existing street audit tools are focusedon general environmental qualities and have not been designed with an older population in mind. This paperpresents a checklist that assesses aspects of the environment that are most likely to encourage or hinder those whoare at risk of falling outdoors, it is developed through accounting for the experiences and navigational strategies ofelderly individuals. The audit checklist can assist occupational therapists, urban planners, designers and managers inworking to reduce the occurrence of outdoor falls among this vulnerable user group.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: ICE Urban Design & Planning
Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd.
ISSN: 1755-0793
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Funders: Medical Research Council (MRC)
Depositing User: Professor Marcus G Ormerod
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 10:00
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 09:24

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