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MHI Thesis Defence - Design and Evaluation of a Mobile Health Application for Falls Management in the Elderly

Who: Eseohen Imouokhome

Title: Design and Evaluation of a Mobile Health Application for Falls Management in the Elderly

Examining Committee:

Samina Abidi - Faculty of Medicine (Supervisor)
Lori Weeks - Faculty of Health Professions (Co-Supervisor)
Samuel Stewart - Faculty of Medicine (Reader)
Bonnie MacKay - Faculty of Computer Science (Reader)

Chair: Raza Abidi - Faculty of Computer Science


According to Public Health Agency of Canada, falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among seniors and between 20% and 30% of seniors fall each year. Because the risk of injury due to falls increases with age, falls among this population tend to lead to severe consequences. Most fall interventions that have emerged in recent years have focused mainly on fall detection and prevention, however, these interventions come with limitations. This research involves the topic of falls management in the elderly, in particular, the role of health informatics technologies and methodologies in determining when an elderly individual is at risk of falling, how falls can be avoided and providing the personalized support once fall has taken place. The purpose of this research is to design a mobile application for the management of falls among the elderly using the constructs of an evidence-based conceptual model, the Patient Health Engagement (PHE) Model, and an evidence-based frailty index. A mixed methods study evaluated the designed application and both qualitative and quantitative data were captured and analyzed. The study revealed that all participants favored the use of the application as an educational tool.



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