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Association of cognitive impairment and fall risk in older adults: an analytical cross-sectional study

Journal of Otolaryngology-ENT Research
Published: March 17, 2022

Authors
Kenneth Chua, Brittany Fauble, Richard Gans

Background/Objectives
Falling affects up to one-third of older adults each year and poses as a major public health concern. It is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in the geriatric population. Many studies have suggested that poorer cognition increases fall risks but there is currently no consensus on implementing cognitive assessment routinely for patients at risk of falls. This may be due to the existing time-consuming assessment tools or the lack of trained neuropsychological health professionals to administer such tests. Cognivue however, is a validated novel cognitive screening tool that is quick to administer and requires minimal training. This study aims to correlate fall risks as determined by abnormal postural stability on the computerized dynamic posturography with cognivue scores. Especially in clinical facilities without access to the exorbitant posturography equipment, Cognivue may hence help with fall risk assessments and improve clinicians’ confidence at managing patients at risk of falls.