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Is falls risk an independent contributor to everyday problem solving as measured by the EPT in community-dwelling… McCaw, Lindsay; Gartly, Barbara; Nelson, Sarah Aug 31, 2011

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IS FALLS RISK AN INDEPENDENT CONTRIBUTOR TO EVERYDAY PROBLEM SOLVING AS MEASURED BY THE EPT IN COMMUNITY-DWELLING SENIORS?  Lindsay McCaw, Barbara Gartly and Sarah Nelson BACKGROUND AGING POPULATION ?     Aging =     falls risk [1] ? 30% over 65yrs will experience 1 or more falls every year [2] ? Decreased quality of life [3] ? Direct cost of medical care associated with falls in Canada exceeds 2.4 BILLION [3] FALLS ? Risk Factors: ? Increasing age ? Decreased ability to participate in activities of daily living ? Muscular weakness ? Balance problems  ? Intrinsic vs Extrinsic [9]    ? Medications ? Past and current level of physical activity ? Functional limitations ? Visual impairments [2,5-8]   COGNITION ? Key risk factor [2] ? Impaired vs normal = 2x risk [2] ? Prospectively predicts falls in community dwelling and nursing home residents [10] EXECUTIVE FUNCTION ? Defintion: higher order cognitive processes that control, integrate and fine tune the more basic mental functions [11-12] ? Sub-processes: set-shifting, working memory, dual tasking, planning, organizing, self-monitoring [11, 13-14] ? Inter-related [13] ? Impaired Executive Functioning without impaired global cognition [11, 15] EVIDENCE ? Well-established relationship between poor executive function and falls risk among the elderly  ? Nevitt et al. [16] ? Lord & Fitzpatrick [17] ? Rapport  [18] ? Further Support [11, 19-20] GLOBAL EXECUTIVE FUNCTION ? Problem solving [21-22] ? Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)[23,21] ? Measurement ? Self report [24, 25] ? Observed [24] EVERYDAY PROBLEMS TEST (EPT) ? Objective, performance-based ? Domains ? Reliability 0.94  ? Test-retest reliability 0.94  ? Validity:  ? self-ratings of IADLs (r=0.23, p<0.05) ? spousal scoring of IADLs (r=0.24, p<0.05) [24, 26]  PURPOSE ? Purpose: examine the relationship between global executive functioning and falls risk  ? Determine independent contribution of falls risk to EPT score ? Hypothesis: Increased falls risk will correlated with lowers scores on the EPT  METHODS PARTICIPANTS ? Subset of Brain Power Study [27] ? 101 Community-dwelling women  ? Age: 65-75  ? Inclusion and exclusion criteria  DESCRIPTIVE VARIABLES ? Age ? Years of School ? Global Cognition ? Mood INDEPENDENT VARIABLE ? Physiological Profile Assessment (PPA) - falls risk [1] ? 5 validated measures of physiological function ? Visual contrast sensitivity ? Proprioception ? Reaction time ? Isometric quadriceps strength ? Postural sway ? Scores: ? <0 = low risk ? 0-1 = mild risk ? 1-2 = moderate risk ? >2 = high risk DEPENDENT VARIABLE ? EPT- global executive functioning [26] ? Covers 7 domains  ? Medication use  ? Shopping ? Transportation ? Meal preparation ? Telephone use ? Household management  ? Financial management ? 42 item multiple choice test given by administrator ? One point for each correct answer ? Standardized guidelines and format  STATISTICAL ANALYSIS ? Data was analyzed using SPSS Windows 17.0 ? Pearson Product Moment Coefficient ? EPT, PPA, years of school, age, MMSE, GDS ? Multiple Linear Regression Model ? To determine independent contribution of falls risk to EPT  ? Variables statistically controlled RESULTS DESCRIPTIVE VARIABLES Table 1 reports the descriptive statistics for our variables of interest. Overall this group of community dwelling senior women had a PPA score of 0.4 indicating a mild falls risk.    CORRELATION COEFFICIENTS ? Table 2. Pearson Product Moment Coefficients Between EPT, Age, Years of School, MMSE, GDS, And PPA Table 2 shows the correlation coefficients of those variables included in the multi-variable regression model. Of theses variables, years of school, MMSE score and PPA score were significantly associated with EPT score ( p  < .01).   LINEAR REGRESSION DISCUSSION RECAP ? Falls risk independently contributes to global executive function as measured by the EPT   ? First study that has examined the independent contribution of falls risk to global executive function in community-dwelling older adults   PAST STUDIES-DIFFERENCES ? Correlation between EPT and GDS ? We found no significant correlation to exist ? Cahn-Wiener [28] reported depression as a significant contributor to observed IADL performance ? We: Excluded participants with clinical depression ? Correlation between EPT and Age ? We found no significant correlation to exist ? Marsiske and Willis [29] found age to account for 17% of the variance on EPT ? We: used a univariate model , Willis used multivariate model  PAST STUDIES-SIMILARITIES ? Increased falls risk is associated with decreased executive function ? Consistently recognized in the literature [1,30] NOVEL FINDINGS ? Even mild falls risk is associated with reduced everyday problem solving ability IMPORTANCE ? Decreased score on EPT may represent difficulties performing IADLs [28,31] ? Willis [26] competence in performing IADLs is essential to independent living within the community ? Inability to adequately achieve these tasks of daily living has been associated with: [21,32]] ? Institutionalization ? Decreased quality of life ? Increased mortality  IMPLICATIONS-SCREENING ? Need comprehensive screening for executive functioning when working with seniors ? Earlier identification of those having difficulties managing IADLs IMPLICATIONS-INTERVENTION ? Currently interventions tend to focus on physical barriers to independence [15] ? However, ability to problem solve is also necessary for independence ? Clinicians need to focus on both the physical and ability to problem solve   LIMITATIONS ? Cross-sectional design therefore unable to establish causality/directionality ? Current evidence suggests that reduced physical function and cognitive function are co-occurring conditions ? Population: generally healthy community-dwelling female seniors between ages of 65-75 FURTHER RESEARCH ? Establish causality ? More heterogeneous population ? Feasibility of EPT use for clinicians  REFERENCES ? 1 Lord SR, Menz HB, Tiedemann A. A physiological profile approach to falls risk assessment and prevention. Phys Ther 2003;83(3):237.  ? 2 Tinetti ME, Speechley M, Ginter SF. Risk factors for falls among elderly persons living in the community. N Engl J Med 1988;319(26):1701-1707.  ? 3 Angus E, Albert T, Ch?nard D, Shariatmadar A, Pickett W, Hartling, L and The Hygeia Group. The economic burden of unintentional injury in Canada. 1998.  ? 4 Baker S, O?Neil B, Ginsburg M, Guohua L. The injury fact book. 2nd ed. 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