Older Adults’ Psychosocial Responses to a Fear of Falling: A Scoping Review to Inform Occupational Therapy Practice

Sin Yan Flora Wu, Ted Brown, Mong lin Yu

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Falls in older adults are a major health concern, yet the “fear of falling”, a common psychosocial response that can occur post-fall, has seldom been investigated. A scoping review was conducted to identify and map interventions that occupational therapists can use to manage the fear of falling psychosocial response (FoFPR) among older adults. Thirteen electronic databases were searched and 22 studies were retrieved. Cognitive behavioral therapy, guided imagery, and Tai Chi were interventions found to help older adults deal with their FoFPRs. Occupational therapists assisting older adults in this area can play a significant role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-243
Number of pages37
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2020


  • falls
  • mental health
  • occupational therapy
  • Older adults
  • psychosocial

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