Novel Scale Development for Fear of Falling and Falls: Analysed Using a Semiparametric Ratio Estimator (SPRE)

  •  Deborah Weissman-Miller    
  •  Kay C. Graham    


Fear of falling (fof) and falls are increasingly severe worldwide public health problems. The Falls Weight Function (FWF) uses a new scale to incorporate fear of falling (fof) into analyses with participants who have already experienced a fall.  FWF is a weight function in the semiparametric ratio estimator (SPRE) to predict a change point and point estimations.  FWF data is a discrete set of numbers that is finite or countable.  In a study using Stepping On® fall prevention program, initial data from fof responses were counted, summed as increments of .10 values (ranging from .1 to 1.0), and then multiplied by 1fall.  The un-weighted value of 1 fall was multiplied by the weight function for fof.  Then, the scale of falls and fof is the same, and represented on a continuum from fear of falling to having a fall, so that all participants can be treated and analyzed together.

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  • ISSN(Print): 1927-7032
  • ISSN(Online): 1927-7040
  • Started: 2012
  • Frequency: bimonthly

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