Fear of falling among people who have sustained a stroke: A 6-month longitudinal pilot study

Arlene A. Schmid, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Kasie Knies, Carrie Spangler-Morris, Kathryn Watts, Teresa Damush, Linda S. Williams

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OBJECTIVE. Fear of falling (FoF) after stroke is not well understood. We assessed change in FoF over the first 6 mo after a stroke and compared 6-mo anxiety, depression, balance, and quality of life (QoL) scores between people with and without baseline FoF (at the time of hospital discharge). METHOD. Data for this longitudinal study were collected at baseline and 6 mo. Of the 28 people included at baseline, 18 remained in the study 6 mo later. RESULTS. FoF significantly decreased over time (p = .015). Participants with baseline FoF had higher 6-mo anxiety and depression scores (s = .002 and .005, respectively) and lower QoL scores (p < .001) than did those without baseline FoF. CONCLUSION. The results are suggestive of the need for occupational therapists and their colleagues to consider anxiety and depression variables in managing the needs of poststroke participants experiencing FoF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011



  • Accidental falls
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Quality of life
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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