Honors Program

Honors in Nursing

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Sandy Halford

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Joy Wachs, Peggy McConnell


This study was designed to create a high-risk fall profile for a specific Appalachian community. Data were obtained from 1,598 individuals with fall-related injuries who had been had been evaluated at a Level 1 Trauma center in Northeast Tennessee throughout 2011 and 2012, ages of individuals were 18 to 85 years. Data collected included: age, gender, county of fall, site of fall, type of fall, number of co-morbidities, season of fall, and time of day of fall. Results showed differences in criteria for categorizing individuals at high risk of falls, as well as data that had not appeared in the literature such as high-risk counties, a new high-risk age range, and the specific type of fall occurring. Tailored interventions should be created to fit the needs of this at risk community.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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