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Article: An Ecological Study Of Physical Environmental Risk Factors For Elderly Falls In An Urban Setting Of Hong Kong

TitleAn Ecological Study Of Physical Environmental Risk Factors For Elderly Falls In An Urban Setting Of Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2009
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenv
Citation
Science of the Total Environment, 2009, v. 407 n. 24, p. 6157-6165 How to Cite?
AbstractElderly fall has become an issue of great public health concern and typically important to the aging population in Hong Kong because it carries a great burden to the individuals and the society. More accurate information about environmental risk factors to falls among the elderly could alleviate if not overcome the situation. Conventional approaches to elderly falls were mainly conducted using statistical methods and clinical tests on falls. This study employs ecological and associative analysis using the geographic information systems (GIS) technology to visualize spatial association of falls and environmental factors. The study identified eleven hot spots of elderly falls with unique environmental characteristics. Amongst various environmental attributes, busy streets and junctions, outdoor markets, and refuse collection points, exhibit a strong spatial relationship with the hot spots. The results have demonstrated that GIS can offer an excellent synergic platform to explore the role of space and pattern in fall occurrences.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86378
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.976
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.702
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dc.contributor.authorLai, PCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, Men_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, MHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, WCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLow, CTen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:16:05Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:16:05Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationScience of the Total Environment, 2009, v. 407 n. 24, p. 6157-6165en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0048-9697en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86378-
dc.description.abstractElderly fall has become an issue of great public health concern and typically important to the aging population in Hong Kong because it carries a great burden to the individuals and the society. More accurate information about environmental risk factors to falls among the elderly could alleviate if not overcome the situation. Conventional approaches to elderly falls were mainly conducted using statistical methods and clinical tests on falls. This study employs ecological and associative analysis using the geographic information systems (GIS) technology to visualize spatial association of falls and environmental factors. The study identified eleven hot spots of elderly falls with unique environmental characteristics. Amongst various environmental attributes, busy streets and junctions, outdoor markets, and refuse collection points, exhibit a strong spatial relationship with the hot spots. The results have demonstrated that GIS can offer an excellent synergic platform to explore the role of space and pattern in fall occurrences.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/scitotenven_HK
dc.relation.ispartofScience of the Total Environmenten_HK
dc.rightsScience of the Total Environment. Copyright © Elsevier BV.en_HK
dc.subject.meshAccidental Falls - statistics & numerical data-
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshCities-
dc.subject.meshGeographic Information Systems-
dc.subject.meshRisk Factors-
dc.titleAn Ecological Study Of Physical Environmental Risk Factors For Elderly Falls In An Urban Setting Of Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0048-9697&volume=407&issue=24&spage=6157&epage=6165&date=2009&atitle=An+Ecological+Study+Of+Physical+Environmental+Risk+Factors+For+Elderly+Falls+In+An+Urban+Setting+Of+Hong+Kongen_HK
dc.identifier.emailLai, PC: pclai@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLow, CT: lowchientat@gmail.comen_HK
dc.identifier.authorityLai, PC=rp00565en_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.08.042-
dc.identifier.pmid19775728-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-70350342007-
dc.identifier.hkuros169037en_HK
dc.identifier.eissn1879-1026-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000272153000006-
dc.identifier.citeulike5843010-

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