Validation of the Perform-FES: a new fear of falling scale for hospitalized geriatric patients

Cecilia Ferrer Soler, Clémence Cuvelier, Mélany Hars, François R. Herrmann, Adrienne Charpiot, Catherine Ducharne Wieczorkiewicz, Olivier Bruyère, Charlotte Beaudart, Dina Zekry, Gabriel Gold, Andrea Trombetti

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Background: Fear of falling is highly prevalent in older adults and associated with numerous negative health events. The main objective of this study was to validate a scale to assess fear of falling, based on performance in real situation (Perform-FES), in a hospitalized geriatric population. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 55 patients (mean age: 85.3 years; 58% women) hospitalized in a geriatric hospital in Geneva (Switzerland) were enrolled. The Perform-FES scale was administered to all patients in conjunction with four other fear of falling scales. We determined the floor and ceiling effects, internal consistency, reliability, construct validity, and discriminative power of the Perform-FES scale. Results: The Perform-FES scale did not demonstrate any significant floor or ceiling effect. It had a good internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.78) and an excellent reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.94). Regarding convergent validity, good correlations were shown between the score obtained on the Perform-FES scale and those obtained on other fear of falling scales. Also, the Perform-FES scale was able to discriminate patients with severe functional impairments (area under the ROC curve = 0.81) and had significantly better discriminating performance than other fear of falling scales. Conclusion: Findings suggest that the Perform-FES scale has good psychometric properties and may be a relevant tool to assess fear of falling in a geriatric hospitalized population. Future research should focus in particular on assessing the sensitivity to change and the predictive value of this scale in longitudinal studies, and its validity in other populations.

langue originaleAnglais
Pages (de - à)67-76
Nombre de pages10
journalAging Clinical and Experimental Research
Numéro de publication1
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Etat de la publicationPublié - janv. 2021
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