Date of Award
College of Nursing
The purpose of this investigation was to examine the effect of an environmental modification on fear of falling in institutionalized older persons. A pretest-post-test experimental design was used to analyze data collected on 40 residents of a long term care facility. The subjects were randomly assigned to either experimental or control groups. Fear of falling was measured by Dayhoflf Baird, Bennett, & Backer’s Falling Questionnaire (1994). The experimental group received an environmental modification. The Pull, in their living area for six weeks while the control group did not receive any intervention. T-test and analysis of covariance were used to test the hypotheses. Post-test fear of falling scores were significantly lower for the experimental group than the control group after adjusting for the influence of the pretest measure on the post-test measure (p < .05). Several implications for nursing practice and research were identified.
Munski, JoAnn L., "The Effect of an Environment Modification on Fear of Falling in Institutionalized Older Persons" (1998). Masters Theses. 382.