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This quasi-experimental study was to determine the effects of applied Rusie Dutton (RD) exercise on fall prevention in older adult that was a two-group pretest-posttest design. The participants were the elderly (aged 60-75) purposively recruited from 2 communities in Bangkok. They were randomized to the experimental group (n = 29) attended the 12 weeks-RD practice once a week with the researcher, and 2 days/wk. in RD group by themselves. The control group (n = 28) received no intervention. The assessments included measurement of muscle strength in lower limbs by using 30s-CST, gait cycle by using 8UG test, standing balance by using SIDE test, and the fear of falling by using FES-I (in Thai) test. Data were analyzed by frequency, percentage, independent sample t-test and paired t-test.
The results of the study showed that after the intervention there was a significant improvement in the muscle strength of the leg, gait cycle, and balance of the experimental group and better in the experimental group than in the control group. And a significant improvement was found in fear of falling within a group in the experimental group and lower in the experiment group than in the control group (p < .05) after the intervention. This study showed that the applied Rusie Dutton was effective for reducing the fall risk factors in the elderly and should lead to prevent falling in this population.
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