Designing the Home Falls and Accidents Screening Tool (HOME FAST): selecting the Items
Authors: Mackenzie, Lynette; Byles, Julie; Higginbotham, Nick
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 63, Number 6, June 2000 , pp. 260-269(10)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:The Home Falls and Accidents Screening Tool (HOME FAST) was developed as a screening instrument for use in a community preventive care trial for older people. This paper describes the first stage of the development of this screening tool. The objectives of the study were (i) to review existing home safety measures, (ii) to field test an instrument containing a pool of home safety items with the goal of identifying those hazards associated with falls in the home and (iii) to select the items for inclusion in a 25-item tool using an expert panel.
The field testing took place in a rural area of Australia, where the pooled checklist was used to evaluate hazards within the homes of 83 older people. No individual hazards were associated with the risk of falls at home and, although participants who had experienced falls had a higher mean number of home hazards (mean = 13.7, SD 8.2), the differences between fallers and nonfallers was not significant. Items relevant to a rural population were indicated through field testing. Further psychometric testing of the HOME FAST and a meaningful method of scoring the checklist are now warranted.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 2000
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