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The Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of Infection-Related Falls in Older Adults: A Review of Literature

Su, Tom Wen-Han (2024) The Epidemiological and Clinical Characteristics of Infection-Related Falls in Older Adults: A Review of Literature. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Falls are a critical public health issue among older adults, often resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. This review of literature investigates the relationship between falls and infections in older adults, aiming to elucidate the underlying mechanisms and identify strategies for management and prevention. This review reveals that COVID-19, influenza and influenza-like illnesses, coexisting systemic infections, urinary tract infections, and HIV/AIDS are infections associated among older adults who experience falls. The interaction between older adult falls and infections can lead to a multitude of adverse outcomes, including prolonged hospitalizations, functional decline, and increased healthcare costs. Recognizing the public health significance of this association, efforts to implement targeted interventions, including early detection and appropriate treatment of acute infections, medication review to mitigate polypharmacy-related risks, and multifactorial fall prevention strategies, are imperative to reduce the burden of falls and improve the quality of life for older adults. This review discusses the importance of taking a multidisciplinary approach in addressing infection-related falls in older populations and has implications in optimizing preventive measures and interventions tailored to this vulnerable demographic.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Su, Tom Wen-Hantos33@pitt.eduTOS33
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHa, Toantoan.ha@pitt.edutoan.haUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPierce, Johnjfp14@pitt.edujfp14UNSPECIFIED
Date: 13 May 2024
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 41
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 13 May 2024 18:29
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 18:29


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