Technology (e.g. robotics, assistive technology, mHealth)
Health Services Research
Problem: Falls are the leading cause of death/injury/hospitalization among older adults. Access to cost-effective fall screening may be aided by technology. Purpose: Explore the reliability, validity, and acceptability of telehealth-delivered fall screening among community-dwelling elders. Procedures: Experimental, quantitative, cross-sectional investigation employing pretest-posttest control and quasi-experimental static group designs using non-probability sampling (n=84). The STEADI was investigated for agreement among telehealth/face-to-face raters, was validated using a face-to-face reference standard (Mini-BEST), and measured acceptability using a validated tool. Conclusions:A telehealth delivery system is a reliable, concurrently valid, and acceptable method of screening and determining fall-risk. Limitations of the STEADI algorithm were identified.