Introduction. Fear of falling (FF) is a common problem in older persons. FF negatively affects quality of life by generating anxiety, loss of confidence and self-efficacy, and, ultimately leading to activity restriction and increased risk of falling. The FES-I and short FES-I are two instruments developed to assess FF in older persons which have been already validated in some European countries. Our objectives are to develop the Italian version of FES-I and the short FES-I and to validate them in older persons. Method. The back translation protocol adopted by the ProFaNE group was used to translate both scales from English to Italian. Participants were 157 community-dwelling persons aged ≥ 65 years old who underwent comprehensive geriatric assessment, including a structured interview concerning FF, and were administered the FES-I and the short FES-I. Both scales were re-tested after 4 weeks in 151 persons. Results. FES-I and short FES-I had high internal validity and test-restest reliability. The short FES-I is highly comparable with the FES-I. Discussion. The FES-I and the Short FES-I are excellent instruments to asses FF in Italian older subjects which can be used in future research projects and clinical trials.
|Translated title of the contribution||Validation of FES-I and short FES-I in community-dwelling elderly|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Giornale di Gerontologia|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology