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Journal of Korean Gerontological Nursing 2011;13(1):69-78.
재가노인의 발 통증 및 장애
김순이, 김신미, 방소연
Abstract
Purpose
This study was done to explore foot pain and disability and related factors as found in community dwelling elders.
Methods
The participants in this study were 378 ambulatory elders aged 65 and over residing in the community in one of 2 provinces. Trained research assistants collected data for 4 months using structured questionnaires. Foot pain and disability was evaluated utilizing the Manchester Foot Pain and Disability Scale. Data analysis was carried out utilizing SPSS/WIN 15.O version and descriptive statistics, t-test, correlation, and multiple regression were performed as needed.
Results
Of the study respondents, 87% reported having foot disease and nail problems. Calluses, mycosis, and hallux valgus, in that order, were the most prevalent foot problems. Foot pain and disability scores were rather low (0.69±0.39) while foot problems, age, and activity of daily life status were significant factors influencing foot pain and disability and accounted for 17.7% of the variance.
Conclusion
The study results indicate that foot problems are prevalent among elderly people. Foot problems can cause foot pain, gait and balancing disturbance, and fall. Therefore more efforts are called for to care for geriatric foot problems in terms of prevention as well as intervention.
Key words: 노인,
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